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Teacher Appreciation Week 2023: The Calculus of Teaching Excellence Edition

Educators keep stepping up for their students, and their students keep shouting them out

The 2022-23 school year saw most schools find a new rhythm as the covid-19 pandemic (maybe? hopefully?) entered its final stages. But teachers' jobs were as tough as ever. On top of the everyday challenge of preparing their students to be solid, productive members of society, educators are still helping them overcome learning loss while struggling with the overwork and uncertainty that comes from a continuing nationwide teacher shortage and budget struggles. (And that's just scratching the surface of what teachers are dealing with!) But America's teachers have also proven—over and over and over again—that they are IRL superheroes.

We've rounded up some of the love teachers have been getting from students on social media and post-exam surveys—particularly AP Calculus teachers. (Seriously, there is *a lot* of love for them out there.) It's exactly what we all need in these strange, uncertain times. (And if you can’t get enough, dig into more teacher shout outs from this and previous years.)

Ms. Rivas is a 100 stars out of ten stars teacher. Seriously, best math teacher I’ve ever had. Thanks for making Calc great.

California student, class of 2022

I had an awesome time in AP Calc this year! Ms. Grunewald taught me so much, not just about calc, but studying and time management, and life in general! Thank you!

Minnesota student, class of 2023

Mr. Keziah, you did an excellent job teaching Calc BC! I will miss taking your math tests. ;) Thank you for teaching the course. If was my favorite math course that I’ve ever taken.

North Carolina student, class of 2023

Hello, Mrs. Macasaet, this might seem random but I just wanted to thank you for being such a bubbly, funny Calculus teacher. You're so helpful and sweet and encouraging that it makes me feel motivated to do my best in your class even though I struggle with Calculus from time to time.

California student, class of 2023

I would never have been able to come close to understanding calculus without your help. Thank you, Ms. Hamad!

West Virginia student, class of 2024