Miguel Cardona was a teacher. Now he is the U.S. Secretary of Education. TIME for Kids asked for his thoughts about teachers.
TIME for Kids: What do teachers do?
Cardona: Teachers shape lives. They help us become who we are. We should appreciate them every day.
TFK: What do teachers need?
Cardona: They need to feel respected. They need to know we value them. This will help them be their best.
TFK: How can schools thank teachers?
Cardona: Some schools have marching bands. They march for teachers in the hallway. Some schools give teachers treats. There are many ways for schools to show they care.
TFK: How can students thank their teachers?
Cardona: Students can try their best in class. And they should care for one another. That is the best gift for a teacher.