Congratulations To Our 2017 Winner!

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Desert Ridge High School | Mesa, Arizona

NOMINATION ESSAY: When walking down the halls of Desert Ridge, home of the jaguars, the typical high school talk is always heard. But among all the drama and gossip, our students are always able to divert their attention to our amazing teachers, who work incredibly hard day and night for our futures.

To get a teenager to appreciate you, now that's impressive.

As a high school senior, when I look back at the 4 years of high school, my most significant memories include my teachers. The teachers at Desert Ridge don't just stop at grading paper and teaching lessons, they build relationships with us, make connections with us, and most importantly, care for us. It's easy for me to say that some of my teachers could be considered my second parents.

I know of countless students, including myself, who have stayed behind after class to talk to our teachers hours upon hours about their hardships, seeking advice. Our teachers never fail to go above and beyond to help their students.

When I graduate this May, I know that my teachers are no longer just my teachers, but my friends. I know I can text Mrs. Bunger whenever I please to grab some coffee together and talk about how calculus affects our daily lives. I know I can message Mr. Borba whenever to discuss the many beautiful cultures in our world. I know I can call Mr. Steinkemper and thank him for the many opportunities he's given me to build my leadership skills.

At Desert Ridge, our teachers are heavily involved with our personal lives, and help us grow day by day to be the future leaders of this world. For that reason, I, along with my fellow Jaguars, believe our teachers deserve only the best. (And a massage wouldn't hurt either).


Teacher Appreciation Day 2017 Is Here!!


May 1st is around the corner.

And you may be thinking that it's just another garden variety Spring day. And we wouldn’t blame you. But there’s more to May than spring flowers and sunshine.


It’s Teacher Appreciation Day.

It’s the day we recognize the people who molded us into the literate, capable people we’ve become. It’s the day we highlight the altruistic efforts of the people who are helping our children to read, to grow and to develop into strong, little humans.


How do we give back?

There’s no better way to show an overworked, under-appreciated group of angels than free massages—on the house—courtesy of Incorporate Massage. Massage has been proven to be the most effective way to relieve stress, so why not share that love with our community’s teachers? Let’s get started.


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We call it Taking Care of Teachers.

And here’s how it works:

  1. You nominate your favorite school (use the handy form below)
  2. Tell us why they deserve a day of stress relief (dig deep, the more compelling the better!)
  3. Our team votes on the winners

Then we’ll roll into the lucky school with an army of massage chairs and several pairs of hands ready to pay these educators back for all the lessons, patience, hard work, dedication (did we already say patience?) that they gave us and continue to give our kids. 

There’s no catch, no hidden agenda, and it’s just our favorite way to give back to the community.

Nominate your favorite school for our Taking Care of Teachers program so we can help those teachers relax and renew, to come back fresh and invigorated to feed their classroom full of hungry minds.


Submissions for 2017 are now closed.