Thank a Teacher Week

Join us in saying thank you to the teachers that make a difference.  Timed to coincide with national Teacher Appreciation Week, this event invites everyone to reflect on their most influential teachers, express their appreciation, and collectively recognize the excellence in teaching that exemplifies the University of Maryland.

Send a Thank-a-Gram

It just takes a moment to say thank you but it means a lot to hear it. Find a Thank-a-Gram postcard station to send a hand-written note or send a virtual card starting May 6. 

Prizes for Teachers, Students, and Alumni

By sending a Thank-a-Gram, you and the teacher you thank are automatically entered to win a range of prize packages donated by our campus partners and community sponsors. Students can also enter our selfie rafflewith the hashtag #TeachTerps.

Campus-wide events

Some highlights with more to come


Free Ice Cream - 12pm to 2pm - The Dairy (Stamp)
Come sample "My Favorite Assign-Mint", a tasty blend of mint ice-cream, crushed Andes Mint, brownie bits, a fudge swirl made in honor of Thank a Teacher Week.


Grad Student Coffee + Donut Party - 12pm to 3pm - Graduate Student Life Lounge (Stamp)
All grad students are welcome to come and enjoy some free coffee and donuts as we celebrate those who serve as instructors and teaching assistants. 


Free Movie Night - 7:30pm - ESJ 0202
Come watch Mean Girls! Fill out a Thank-a-Gram and you could win free food, ice cream, or a prize package that includes wireless headphones. Co-hosted by SEE.


Awards Reception - 3pm - ESJ (Invitation Only)
The Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference will conclude with a reception to celebrate everyone who has won a teaching award this year. Thank you for your dedication to teaching excellence!

Unit Celebrations: 

College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
Breakfast for Faculty - 9-11am

Local Special for Teachers

Show your University of Maryland ID (faculty, staff, or graduate student) at the following businesses May 7-11 (during Thank a Teacher Week) and you will receive 25% off of your order!
Use code umdtat25 on online orders at Bagels 'n Grinds and Potomac Pizza. 

Bagels 'n Grinds
7777 Baltimore Avenue 
College Park

District Taco
6710 45th Avenue
Riverdale Park

Potomac Pizza
7777 Baltimore Avenue
College Park

It's Good for You!

Sure, saying "thank you" can make someone else feel great, but did you know that it's also good for you?  Researchers have found that expressing gratitude improves your mood, reduces stress, and even reduces the chances of getting sick (Sheldon & Lyubomirsky, 2006; Emmons & Stern, 2013).  Sounds like a Thank-a-Gram is just what the doctor ordered.

Please email with any questions or ideas of how you can help us say thank you.