Thank Your Teachers: From Dr. Thibodeau Khan

by Monarch Women's Wellness on June 6, 2013 · 1 comment

As we wrap up our children’s school years, it is a time of reflection on how grateful we are for their teachers.

They put band-aids on their scraped knees, they pat them on their back and say “great job”, they protect them from harm, they get excited when the light bulb finally comes on, they help instil kindness and manners, they expand their brain power daily, they help us as parents to do our job when we aren’t there, and the list goes on and on and on…..

These are 3 easy to make, creative gifts, home-made by our very own Dr. Thibodeau Khan, that you and your child can make together to thank their teachers.


One Smart Cookie



This is simple to put together! Pick the cookies of your choice and put them in a clear bag, any type will do. Then make a label reading “Thanks for making me one smart cookie”! Dr. Thibodeau Khan used her digital die-cutter to make this one, but you could use scrap book paper and stickers to make the words, or even simply write them on a paper of your choice. Then staple the bag and label together. You are done!



Making Me Wiser


This follows the same concept as the One Smart Cookie gift. You can make your owl face out of scrapbooking paper and supplies. Then attach your face label to the plastic bag with staples. The inside owls are Hershey’s Miniature candies wrapped in a paper owl design, that is a free printable from Pinterest. This is Dr. Thibodeau Khan’s personal favorite.



Teacher M&Ms


M&M note



All you need to make this adorable gift is a mason jar filled with M&Ms, cute paper to make the labels, and string or ribbon to attach the two together. Again you can make your 2 labels (one for the top of the jar and the other to list the M&M description) digitally on the computer, handwritten, or spelled out with letter stickers. Customize it however you and your child would like!


We would love to know any great ideas you have for teacher’s gifts! Share pictures or ideas on our blog or on our Facebook page.

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1 Linda Finlay July 10, 2013 at 3:24 am

As a patient of Dr. Thibodeau Khan, a mom of two very active teenage daughters, and a teacher, I have to say these are great gift ideas. Interestingly enoug,h some parents and students only do the “cool” stuff for their teachers while in elementary school and sometimes middle school. Very rarely are our high school teachers honored in the same manner. I can tell you as a high school English teacher (9th and 12th graders) I have actually been graced with a few gifts from students over the years. Sometimes it is just their ring dance or prom pictures, maybe even their senior pictures, maybe special candies or suckers that are homemade, or that special t-shirt from a graduating senior representing the college or university they have chosen to attend the next school year. Sometimes it can also be engraved picture frames with a special picture of the teacher and student representative of a special event that was so important to the student that the teacher took time out of his or her busy schedule to attend just to show that student they truly supported their endeavors. I can honestly say these are actually all gifts I have received from students over the years that now grace the shelves of my bookcases in my classroom (with the exception of my college t-shirts and the candies and suckers which were absolutely wonderful!) and each one has a special meaning behind it, but the biggest part is that some students do truly recognize the impact that some teachers have on their lives. These are the teachers they will always come back to visit after they graduate and even tend to share future life events with them. Sometimes, especially for high school teachers, these small reminders of how important they have been in your child or teenager’s life really let those teachers know that your child or teenager “got it” and that we really weren’t talking to the wall for 90 minutes like we thought we were because at least one student “got it.” The crazy thing is that most often the best gift ANY teacher could receive from a student and/or a parent is just being told “thank you for what you do!”


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