Western Governors University Honors Ohio Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6

Non-profit, online university is delivering Teacher Appreciation Kits to Ohio schools and offering $4,000 scholarships to aspiring educators


In recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, Western Governors University Ohio (WGU Ohio) is delivering Teacher Appreciation Kits to a number of K-12 schools across the state.

“WGU Loves Teachers” is the theme of this year’s Teacher Appreciation Kits, which contain a desk organizer with charging ports, Post-it Notes, candy, pens, and a note of thanks.

“It takes a special kind of person to prepare today’s young minds for tomorrow’s challenges, and the heroic efforts by our teachers over the past, particularly difficult year deserves extra thanks,” said Dr. K.L. Allen, chancellor of WGU Ohio. “Educators and aspiring educators are among our nation’s most crucial professionals, and they deserve our thanks for their determination in the face of pandemic disruptions and a challenging teacher shortage.”

Allen said WGU Ohio feels a special connection to teachers because the university has helped so many Ohioans earn accredited education degrees and teaching licenses. “We are proud of the Ohio educators who are able to fulfill their dream of helping students learn thanks to our flexible, online Teachers College, which has allowed them to study on their own schedules advance in their careers,” he said.

Now through June 30, WGU Ohio is offering $4,000 scholarships to help make the dream of teaching more accessible for aspiring teachers. This opportunity is for prospective teachers who want to earn their teacher certification as well for as current educators ready to advance their careers. More information is available at www.wgu.edu/wgulovesteachers.

Western Governors University was established in 1997 by a partnership of 19 state governors to offer students, particularly adult learners, the chance to go to college while working and caring for their families. In 2018, Ohio became the eighth state to partner with WGU, part of efforts by policymakers to close Ohio’s skills gap with a new pathway for adults to seek careers in such in-demand careers as healthcare and nursing, business, teaching, and information technology.