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First Book’s Honor Roll

My mother was a high-school biology teacher for 32 years, every week was Teacher Appreciation Week in our house. To say I understood her impact on a child’s life is an understatement, but I hear of her impact often.

“Oh, you’re Ms. Awad’s daughter? She was the best teacher I ever had. I know she technically taught biology, but she taught me so much more.”

“Your mom was tough! But she cared so much about us. I’ll never forget her class.”

To this day, I’ll ask my mom, “How do you know that person?” and she’ll tell me they’re a former student from 1993 or 1983, where they sat in class, and her favorite memory of them.

I share this story, not because I’m proud of my mom (though I am!); but rather, because of the impact educators across America have on learners every day. With over half a million dedicated educators in First Book’s Network, our members are changing lives, inspiring students, helping parents, and creating a path to success for hundreds of thousands of students each day.

Thank You, Partners

Each year we ask you who deserves to be on our Honor Roll, and this year felt extra special after a year+ of teaching through a pandemic. With support from our partners, we were able to provide 100 educators with a special gift for their dedication and commitment.

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Special thank you to C&S Wholesale Grocers, Headspace, Pizza Hut, Kendra Scott, New York Life Foundation, and Modcloth for helping us to celebrate the amazing impact of our educators.

Thank You, Educators

With more than 300 entries for our Honor Roll, we’re excited to share some of our absolute favorite nominations below. Join First Book as we say thanks to every educator who teaches their students more than science, English, art, or music; to every educator who makes their classroom a safe and memorable space; to every educator who lives in service to help their students feel seen, feel heard, feel inspired.

If you’re looking to treat your favorite educator, explore our collection of great gifts for teachers.

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Educators can join First Book’s network — the largest and fastest-growing network of educators, schools, and programs serving children in need across the United States and Canada — to bring titles and free resources to your classroom.