It’s nearing the end of school and we can’t wait for summer break. Do you know a teacher who is retiring this year? We gathered some inspiring retirement quotes for teachers that you can print, send, sign in a card, and more! Thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do.

1. You will never be forgotten

Retirement quotes for teachers

Even when students forget what you taught, they will remember you.


2. You taught future doctors, firefighters, and scientists

Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. -Unknown

They all came through your classroom.

3. You made a big impact

Education is what survives when what has been learned is forgotten. -BF Skinner.

Bigger than anything you taught on the surface.

4. You opened minds

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind. – Kahlil Gibran

And you opened doors, too.

5. You taught them what really counts

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. —Bob Talbert.

The social-emotional lessons will always stick.

6. You’ll never know your true influence

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. – Henry Brooks Adams

A teacher affects eternity.

7. You performed magic

A teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before. – Elbert Hubbard

It’s simple math.

8. You changed hearts

The best teacher lodges an intent not in the mind but in the heart. – Anne Michaels

By showing your students what really matters.

9. You inspired

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. – William Arthur Ward

Because you were a great teacher.

10. You taught students to be independent

The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ – Maria Montessori

Is teaching them to help themselves.

11. You will never die 😉

Old teachers never die; they just grade away – Anonymous

A funny retirement quote for the teacher with a sense of humor.

12. You left the world better

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it. -Marian Wright

That’s what you do.

13. You bet on the future

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And always saw students’ potential.

14. You looked at the bright side

Retirement quotes for teachers

It’s a requirement of the job.

15. You made a mark

Retirement quotes for teachers

And that’s a pretty impressive legacy.

16. You created lasting change

Retirement quotes for teachers

You were that one!

17. You taught students to ask questions

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And how to answer them, too.

18. You will never be erased

Retirement quotes for teachers

You will always be remembered.

19. You led by example

Retirement quotes for teachers

Thank you for all of them!

20. You have the biggest heart.

Retirement quotes for teachers

And it will stay in ours forever.

Do you know of any inspiring retirement quotes for teachers? Share in the comments below!

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