A teacher in front of a classroom

As a parent with two young kids, I know how challenging it can be to wrangle them all day long. Having a whole classroom full of kids and needing to not just maintain something resembling order but actually teach them—all day, every day, for an embarrassingly small salary—well, that takes a superhero. I had some amazing teachers who helped shape me into the person I am today. (Yes, I also had some awful teachers, but they were very much in the minority.) I seldom thanked them, much to my shame. Today’s the day to do something nice to show your teachers—or your kids’ teachers—how much all that hard work and sacrifice means. And remember, a kind word and a generous Starbucks gift card goes further than a kind word alone.