When we left our classrooms in March 2020, we were nervous and unsure. No one knew quite what to expect. As we survived the chaos of the 2020-2021 school year, we tried to be strong and hopeful. We just had to get through that school year and then, we hoped, things would return to normal. As we settle into year three of the global COVID-19 pandemic we’re a bit wiser … and perhaps a bit more cynical about when things might start feeling “normal” again. But even in the midst of a pandemic, we still love receiving (and sending!) greeting cards. So here are 14 “just because” greeting cards for teachers who are making learning happen every day for their students in the midst of these crazy times.

1. For your teacher friend who can’t stand wearing a mask all day…

Cartoon of a masked woman with text that reads, "You know teaching during a pandemic isn't all bad. These masks are great at hiding my inappropriate facial expressions and silently muttered curse words!"

2. For the teacher who could really use some stress relief…

Cartoon of an essential oil bottle with a sprig of lavender behind it. Text above image says, "You're essential to me!"

3. For the teacher who is running themselves ragged trying to make everything perfect…

Text that reads, "the key to happiness while teaching during a global pandemic is to lower your expectations. Lower. Lower. Keep going. Almost there. There ya go. Perfect."

4. For the teacher who had all their bottles of hand sanitizer stolen in September…

Icon of social media sites with a person icon in the middle with text around the image that says, "I'm so sorry you were the target of the latest TikTok Challenge."

5. For the teacher who’s just angry about it all…

Drawing of a bowl of bread rolls with text beneath it that reads, "Just roll with it."

6. For the teacher who’s keeping you sane…

There's no one I'd rather teach through a global pandemic with. Two masked women hitting heels.

7. For the teacher who’s stuck in a rut…

Teaching during a pandemic is mostly just followed by a list of silly things teachers do over and over during a pandemic like "wash your hands."

8. For the teacher who needs to remember how fabulous they are…

Cartoon of a unicorn. Text reads "No matter what this year throws at you, remember: You are a magical freaking unicorn."

9. For the teacher who just wants this year to end…

Clip art of clinking wine glasses. Text beneath reads, "Happy Holidays! Here's hoping this school year flies by!"

10. For the teacher who’s asked their students to pull their masks up a million times already…

Cartoon of a group of students in uniform wearing masks with text above them that reads, "Wishing you a school year filled with kids wearing their masks over their noses!"

11. For the teacher who can’t resist a pun…

Drawing of a panda with the text, "There's no one else I'd rather panda-mic with!" around it.

12. For the teacher who’s having a bad week…

Taco picture with text, "It's ok to fall apart once in a while. Tacos fall apart all the time and I still freakin' love tacos!"

13. For the teacher you can be 100 percent honest with…

Dear Teacher-Bestie, Everything sucks. Except you.

14. For the teacher who can always find the silver lining…

Cartoon of a woman wearing a mask, text beside her says, "The one thing I miss about quarantining is not running into students' parents in the grocery store!"

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14 Greeting Cards for Teachers Surviving the Third Pandemic School Year