Kristl Story says:
I'm going to send a link to this to my kids schools!
My mother is a teacher, nearing retirement. I'm glad to see corporate America giving back (even if indirectly) to our hardworking teachers. This list is fantastic. Thank you for sharing!
Sarah Hicks says:
Thanks for getting this together! It is nice to see who will give discounts to teachers!
FYI - Art Institute in Chicago didn't require a school ID for me as a homeschool mom. I just had to bring in a copy of the letter written to my local district saying that my children were being unenrolled there and put into our homeschool. They then gave me a card that is valid for free admission for the calendar year. Nice. :)
Thanks so much for compiling this list!! COSI museum in Columbus has teacher discounts, too...
This is wonderful - wish I would have known about these places sooner!!
Thomas Taylor says:
I need a discount!
Martha Garcia says:
I love discounts! :o) Thanks for this great offer.
Cindy Parker says:
Thanks so much for the list. Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina gives free admission to South and North Carolina teachers showing their school ID or a recent paystub. They also give one guest of the teacher a half price admission if they visit with the teacher.
Antoinette Totten says:
Thank you so much!!!!!!!! I am going to flash my Teacher I.D. This is wonderful. I feel appreciated. Sincerely, 20 year educational veteran
Margaret Irvin says:
These discounts should be for RETIRED TEACHERS also.
Patricia Garner says:
This is a wonderful idea to give teachers discounts. Thanks for the gift that keeps on giving.
Jackie King says:
It times like this teachers need all the discounts they can get. Thank you for thinking of us!
Love your site. Please update your information regarding Cost Plus, they are no longer offering a discount to teachers.
Megan Swaggerty says:
I'm a retired teacher. It would be nice to get the same discounts!!
Please remember other k-12 education staff such as school counselors, school social workers, school nurses, school secretaries, principals, etc. We carry different titles but we work with teachers to support the education of every child.
Deb D. says:
The Art Institute of Chicago would only honor the teacher discount for IL teachers and not for out of state teachers even with proper identification.
Pennyy Elliott says:
Thanks for thinking of us and offering this great information! Williamsburg Virgina gives a hefty discount to teachers - don't forget your I.D.!
Why is it that everything is for the teachers? what about the paaprofessionals? We don't recieve anything
Most of the time all you have to do is show your school ID to get the discount or discount card. As long as you work for a school, most discounts are given
Educators - www.MyEducationDiscount.com lists many more discounts for things like restaurant gift certificates, jewelry, shoes and more. Anyone working in the education field is welcome to use this free website.
starbucks does not give any discounts whatsoever
I agree with Christina. I found a great rental car discount site for education employees at myeducationdiscount.com. The site address is www.rentalcarperks.com/myeducationdiscount.php
Visit Elvis! The Graceland website states that teachers get a free platinum tour by showing ID.
Since the Sea World in Florida offers teachers free passes for joining the free study passes program, do you think the one in San Antonio does that? Would love to know if anyone knows that answer. Thanks
I know that Sea World in San Antonio was giving free a fun pass for a year with valid teaching certificate, but that expired June 15
I asked at seaworld if the teacher discount was still being taken even if it was expired and the clerk said yes, that it had been extended until august. ask first before you pay!!!! I didn't and missed out just because I thought it was too late. Sometimes its never too late!
Sadly, most of these do not qualify for homeschoolers. WE NEED the discounts...unlike public schools, we have to pay for ALL our curriculum, ALL supplies, ALL Field trips, ALL Assessments, ALL manipulative(s) and EVERYTHING for our child's education..We do not get a tax break, vouchers, or help in any way...I wish companies would wake up!
Awesome list! Thank you for putting in the hard work. One comment, though -- Apple's 5% discount is "generous?" The other discount rates are significantly bigger but this one gets the adjective? Besides, if you buy an iPad (or iPad 2), you only get $20 off. Buying their computers gets you $100 off plus this back-to-school offer of $100 gift cards for apps.
Martha Brasher says:
Since Pizza Hut has changed their pricing, they no longer give the teacher discount...at least not our Pizza Hut.
Lobby Hobby also give discount to teachers. I think it's between 10% or 15% or something.
The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago changed it's policy. You now have to go online and fill out an educator pass, print it and bring it with you. I believe if you use that it is $4 admission. I was not aware and went with my school ID and we only got $3 off, so it was still $31 to get in!!! We did complain though and got our money refunded...make sure you call ahead!
The SAK comedy lab in Orlando Florida offers a $5 ticket to teachers, students, military, or people in the service industries on THURSDAY nights (7:30 or 9:30 shows). Plus you get a free popcorn! Their shows are like the TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Tickets are usually $12/$15. Fun fact: Wayne Brady started out in shows at SAK! (I work as a music teacher during the day and a part time house manager at SAK on the weekends. The shows are super fun and family friendly! Woot!)
Opal Rabalais says:
Do retired teachers get these discounts as well? If so,what proof is needed?
Kehkshan Manzoor says:
Teachers are the best gift of God to us...I love my teacher.
If anyone is looking for discounts on clothing, JJill is offering 15% off for Teachers. All you have to do is show your ID at the check out.
Very helpful list! Thank you for compiling it. Curious as to how one would use Gradware as a software suppository though. :)
Any discount for Disney World? Being a teacher is rewarding : ) getting some discounts is rewarding also considering the lack of salary!
Betsy Ann Harris says:
I learned a long time ago to always ask for a teacher discount. The worst thing that they will say is no but lots of times I get something off or something extra just for asking or I learn about a discount that I did not know of.
Buona Beef gives teachers a free drink when you show your staff ID!
Patricia Knight says:
Would like to correct one thing, Adobe does extend the Student/Teacher discount to homeschoolers. Just purchased Lightroom 4 using my homeschool ID.
The New York Times gives teachers 50% off subscriptions, either digital or home delivery
Carrie Presotn says:
CJBanks and Christopher Banks offer a teacher discount on clothing of 10% off in Ohio
Nick Nolte says:
The Parking Spot near Orlando Intl Airport gives discounts! $16 off a $65 bill. Pleasant surprise!
Thank you for sharing this valuable info!
There are quite a few hotels here in TX that offer teacher discounts. Just ask wherever you will be staying and they will let you know. Some call it the government rate. Surely as long as you have your school ID it will count for supportive staff as well.
Phuket villa says:
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JP Churchill says:
Hey!! Just saw my business, Churchill's Photography, was on the list. What a cool surprise. We just did a wedding for a wonderful bride who is a high school teacher in Miami and were happy to give her the discount. We're also talking with a bride who has just graduated with a Master's in teaching and she'll get the discount too. Someone else commented they wished other school employees received the discount and we give it to me too!
nathan jordan says:
Jackhammer strength training is giving away 1 free month of boot camp to all teachers.
I am a teacher at a daycare center. I have a class of 3 and 4 year olds. It would be very nice to have these discounts. Is there any way to get these discounts if your a teacher for a daycare and not for the school system?
Don't forget OfficeMax! They have a teacher rewards program as well .... and I think it's a lot better than Staples! Also, the Science Museum in Phoenix gives teachers a discount as well. =) Thank you for this information!!
Lorraine Best says:
In many parts,of the country Homes for Heroes offers discounts to teachers who buy, sell or refinance a home. The agent contributes 25% of their commission towards the buyer/seller's closing costs. The lender gives back 50% of their commission to the teacher.
Thank you so much!!! This truly helps me so much. The pay for teaching is often discouraging, but you make us feel appreciated!
Amy Harriso says:
The Michael's discount is 20% off purchases, including sale items. Show your ID to receive your discount!
apparently the sea world deal also works at san antonio, too. don't know about other locations.
Lego land FL gives teachers a free annual pass.
I am a teacher and at Graceland, in Memphis, TN, all you have to do is tell them you are a teacher (with valid id) and your admission is free.
It is NOT true that the adobe offers are not valid for homeschoolers. We homeschool and were able to get discounts by sending scans of our curriculum invoices.
Gale, Thanks for letting us know about the Adobe discount for homeschoolers. That section has been updated so there's no confusion.
Canadian Michaels: Teachers get 15% off their entire purchases as long as they show their educator ID (I work there).
FYI I was at Shedd (Chicago, IL) this weekend & they have changed their policy and you now have to register online beforehand as an educator. Information is on their website.
How old is this list....I do believe that Borders is bankrupt and out of business.
The Chicago Institute, Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum all require you to be an ILLINOIS educator. I live in Minnesota... bummer!
Dick Blick art supplies also offers a teacher discount, that includes frequent coupons and discount flyers that they send to you!
I also got a discount on my car insurance with Farmers.
You can add to your list the Philadelphia Zoo, which provides a free admission ticket every summer to teachers in the greater Phila area.
Any teacher discounts in the DC area?
The Lowrey Park Zoo in Tampa offers free admission to teachers with a school ID. We went today . . . July 6 2012 . . .and had a great time!
Do these discounts apply to Home Educators....I teach my son at home due to hearing issues. I have no teacher ID but I am registered with the state as a Home Educator. Thank you.
r gordon godfrey says:
Didn't know so much was available. Thanks.
Shanell Lee says:
That is awesome. I'm glad I reviewed this page.
Thank You for all the valuable info! Is there anymore discounts on attractions in Texas? If so, please let us Texans know!
Are preschool teachers included?
What about homeschool teacher? If we show a homeschool id do we get any discountss?
California Science Center and the Natural History museum in Southern California also give teacher discounts. CSC gives free regular admission for educators!
Check with your cell phone carrier. I get a discount from T-mobile.
Kim Doughty says:
AC Moore has improved its program. Only teacher ID is required and the discount is 15%! Just started in June. Thank you AC Moore!
No Klair that is not true. I get a free year membership with The Az Science Center and I can go to all of their partner museums too. (Which are the ones listed.) I live in Az not Il. Last summer we went to Shedds, and a few others in Il with our AZ membership. Check and see if they have an affiliate museum in your area.
Dave Hibbert says:
Most hotels offer their very best discount to "Government Employees". Most hotel employees, however, won't grant the discount to teachers - as we are not directly employed by the state. Let's all challenge this!
I teach at a homeschool tutorial and we don't have ID's but I think a letter on school letterhead from your administrator or a paycheck stub would work as a form of ID. Thanks for the great info!
I know it says HP offers a discount and they will say they do, but with very minimal research I was able to find all the computers they offered from other vendors -- mostly Office Depot -- for at least 50 dollars less than what the HP store was offering as its discounted price.
Re: the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago - if you register online, teachers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin get free admission - not just Illinois teachers! Just be sure to register for it on their website before you go.
Party City gives teacher discounts, too, according to how much you spend at any given visit. I think it's 10% off if you spend $75-100, 15% off if you spend $101-200 and 20% off if you spend $201 or above.
Sea Life at the Mall of America gives a year pass to teacher for free. $17 for the spouse for a year, 2 kids included. ( I think they still do this...)
NY & CO, Ann Taylor, and The Limited are very "unfriendly" when you ask for the teacher discount and almost never honor it when you buy with a coupon or any other store discounted merchandise!!!!
Debbie Sharp says:
Preschool teachers/aides/home visitors spend their own money on a lot of items for the classroom/home visits. How about including preschool teachers in some special deals??? Thanks!!!
I'm a home school mom in NC and have found that most places will honor teacher discounts if I show them my state registration card or my home school teacher ID from www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org that you can purchase for around $5 shipped. You create the ID online with your photo and school info and it comes to you as a hard plastic ID card. Looks very professional and is great for times that you need to "prove" you're an educator.
Do teacher's aides get included on these discounts?
RE: Ms.SJ says: Why is it that everything is for the teachers? what about the parprofessionals? We don't receive anything Response: Paraprofessionals in my district get an ID card too. Ask for an EDUCATOR discount at these places and show that ID. One of my Para's did that last year at Ann Taylor Loft and she was granted the discount because she is an educator too. :) Hope this helps!
Just so you know the ac moore discount is inaccurate now, I work there and they recently changed the policy. Instead of going thru all that work to get a card all you have to do is show your school ID or a paystub along with your drivers license and you get 15% off instead of the old 10%
Educators pay union dues each year for these perks. There are not many perks out there, but we do have to pay out of pocket to be able to get the discount.
John Heberling says:
Our local Carl's Jr. in Live Oak, Texas (near San Antonio) gives teachers 10% off any purchase. They affix a printed sticker to your ID card, so I assume it's a franchise-wide deal.
Does anyone know if teachers get a discount at Legoland in FL? Thanks!
M. Coleman says:
Teachers receive 20% discount off all services at Studio Madam Makeup, Dallas TX.
I know Florida teachers can get a year pass to Legoland & Sea World Orlando with picture ID, teaching certificate and pay stub.
@ Laurib --- not all teachers in all states pay union dues. Texas teachers don't pay union dues and still get many discounts for being a public educator.
Melody Waters says:
I am a reading para for k-5th grade at my school and we as para still are not included in the teacher discounts to Sea World or Legoland. How can this be offered to us?
Darcy Pallone says:
Thank you for the info. John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA has free entry for educators. Just show your ID.
Theresa Ast says:
What a great list. Thanks! :)
The Philadelphia Zoo allows educators to come to the zoo for FREE all summer. You need to sign up for their e-mail and sign up for their educator's pass. It's legit I went this summer.
This is a terrific list!! Thanks for sharing, very helpful.
Barns and Noble gives 20% discount to teachers.
Marita Mendenhall says:
Thanks for the list! It's comforting to know that we're appreciated sometimes.
If you live in Tucson, Arizona, there's a program called Tucson Values Teachers. Many local places offer discounts for being a member. Check it out at http://www.tucsonvaluesteachers.org/
Wynona Jenkins says:
This information is wonderful to have. I wish there were more options/experiences available in GA! I am looking forward to visiting the Ringling Museum in Florida. Free entry allows me to spend the money on items! Yippeeeee!
Laminator.com offers a 10% discount to teachers on all supply orders. Many teachers are spending out of pocket money to purchase school supplies for their classrooms, lessons and other student needs. Laminator.com wants to help lessen the financial impact. Enter "ITEACH" in the coupon code box at checkout and receive the 10% discount.
I am a prekindergarten teacher certified by the state of Illinois. I have to have the same education classes as other teachers, take the same tests to get certified, participate in professional development just like other teachers to keep my certification current, and am held to the same high standards as other teachers. I teach in a local school district, in a building for prekindergarten through first grade. I wonder why prekindergarten teachers are so often omitted from receiving discounts and rebates. My usual expenditure for my classroom is $20 a week, with additional personal funds during holidays and for special occasions. We are so often left out but are so often working like crazy to get children ready for kindergarten and life. We%u2019d love it if just once, we were included. Pre-K teacher for 15 years
Thanks for the list of discounts, however, NY public high school teachers are now down to $45 worth of Teachers' Choice money. Where, in any state, especially inner cities like NY can a teacher spend $45 a school year for school stuff? It's great to know we are appreciated, even a wee bit, but let's face it...the discounts given aren't much of a discount overall.
Wonder Works in Myrtle Beach offers free admission to teachers and discounted rates for the rest of the guests in your party.
Clothes Mentor also gives a teacher discount with ID or paystub. Think it's 10 or 15%
The myrtle beach aquarium gives teachers free admission too.
In Pittsburgh, PA: Sign up for the Teacher Loyal Program and get free admission to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Art in Oakland. Also, 50% off for guests you bring. Good for the whole year.
Great list & comments are full of help. Too bad I didn't know this before I bought my new computers. Should remember, it never hurts to ask before you buy something!
The new Ross Perot Museum in Dallas - teachers get in FREE with their school ID !!!
Graceland in Memphis...free admission for teachers!
Jennifer Gilmore says:
Good Neighbor Next Door for homes. firefighters, EMT, nurses, teachers, and police officers get homes 50% off market value. I bought my 100,000 home for $53,000. I rolled in the closing cost. :-) Google it!!
Thanks!! Wouldn't have known about any of this.
Colonial Williamsburg gives a teacher's discount. If you have your license, school ID, or similar. A few years ago it was half off admission.
Clarification: The Apple discount is only on computers not on everything in the store.
Thanks for the list. I did not know about most of the businesses on the list.
Shirley Bagshaw says:
Milwaukee Public Museum in Milwaukee gives a free year pass for educators who have ID or pay stub from their school. The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago also gives a free day at a time but you must register online a few days before your visit and take the printout and ID with you when you visit.
Some good ones, but about half of them are only good in one state or even one city. It wold be nice to know more national discounts. I don't live in Florida, so the 15 or so discounts that only apply to Florida don't help.
Elizabeth McCarney says:
Verizon gives a 18% discount on monthly bills to teachers. Need to show proof -- pay stub or picture ID.
Myrna Turner says:
Great information. Since I travel a lot in my free time, I was glad to see discounts at places that I may visit as well.
A. Richwine says:
Historic Williamsburg offers significant discounts to teachers on all of their ticket options. I saved a great deal when I visited with my family at Christmas.
D Elliott says:
For those interested in reading newspapers, teachers can get a year subscription to The Baltimore Sun for $1. That's every day and even the weekends. Yeah, coupons!!!! Even if you do not read papers, it's worth it just for the coupons. Enjoy.
Donna Earle says:
A good variety of discounts. What if you are a retired teacher?
erin daly says:
What about those who can't afford all the items to make appropriate binders and kids lose points on their grade because of this. Apparently I earn about half of a teacher's salary, make a bit too much for most assistance, but had to change employment options to keep my kids safe.
Sonya Davis says:
Thank you for the great info.
Cody E. says:
AT&T also gives teachers a percentage off of their bill if their school district has our services.
sue c says:
Do these discounts in include staff for university?
Best Single Travel offers $100 off on any singles vacation to teachers
Thank You! Great information!
bio teacher says:
Thank you!!! This is a great collection:) I try to remember to just ask, the worst they can say is no and you never know when they say yes. I have a AAA card, am a student again at the local community college and a high school teacher. Many places give discounts to at least one of those.
Sara Arduser says:
20% discount with US Cellular for teachers (and state employees).
What a great list. I have another discount that you may want to add. It's called Pets in the Classroom and it provides grants to teachers to purchase and maintain classroom pets (up to $150). You can find out more by visiting www.PetsintheClassroom.org.
The La Brea Tarpits in L.A. is free for teachers with valid I.D.
If you live in Charleston, SC, Sabal Palms Apartment gives a 5% discount to all teachers :) Helps out on the expense of living!!
Patricia begega says:
Thank you for the info!
Many of these sites do not mention if these discounts are good for on-line purchases. I am 270 miles away from the nearest Staples, Pizza Hut and most of the other places listed. Please indicate if the discounts are good on-line.
Brighten Hall gives teachers 20% discount all year around!
Olga Vidal says:
Sea World also offers free entrance with your certificate.
I am a Starbucks partner (and a teacher) and there are no official discounts for teachers (or anyone). If your barista is giving you one, they are going against company policy... :(
parveen awan says:
I need some discounts.
"Donna Earle says: A good variety of discounts. What if you are a retired teacher?" Hi Donna. Not to be rude, but teacher discounts are meant to help out current teachers. I, as I'm sure everyone, thank you for your contribution to society, but since you are currently retired, you cannot take advantage of teacher discounts anymore. All places ask for a current pay stub or ID, plus it is not fair to the current teachers that someone who isn't a teacher anymore gets to get a discount for her personal (not classroom) use.
Elizabeth Bissett says:
Hometown Heros - a program offered by participating realtors, title companies, and other real estate related services. I got 25% of the realtors commission towards my closing, $250 off closing on my home purchase. All told around $2000 toward closing.
ELLEN LUNZ says:
Looks like a great site!
Great! The post is indeed interesting. It feels good reading an article as informative as this. Thank you for being so kind to have shared your good thoughts regarding the topic.
The Shedd in Chicago doesn't do this anymore. I think they may still have certain days, but the last time I was there they said it wasn't available anymore.
Ann Brewer says:
Your office supplies discounts section does not list the Max-Perks discounts at Office Max, and these are usually far superior to those at Office Depot :)
Kathleen Keating says:
Academy of Science also has teacher discounts
Which hotels do you recommend in New York?
Gradware was acquired by Academic Superstore.
hotel employee says:
Teachers are not considered government employees per most hotels.
The art institute of Chicago offers a teacher discount but not a free ticket. For the shedd aquarium, you have to contact the aquarium and print pass in advance. You can no longer simply show teacher id at the door.
Eddie Bauer stores will also give teachers a 10% discount with teacher ID
Kay Shue says:
What is a "valid school id?"
Mimi Treusch says:
Thank you for offering discounts to instructors. I recently purchased an HP desktop bundle from Costco and a printer from Home Depot. I do a lot of printing for my students and go through ink cartridges very quickly. I wish I would have known about these discounts a lot sooner. Thanks again for recognizing instructors and for the money we spend on our students. It is very much appreciated.
Tijuana Flatts gives 10% off for teachers.
Patricia Gonzalez says:
I booked a room at The Grant in San Diego and received a teacher discount. They considered me a government employee.
I don't have to time to read every comment posted, but while skimming I've noticed a few comments about homeschoolers and pre-k teachers not getting discounts. I think this depends on the clerk you are dealing with at the store. I work in education, am not a teacher, but feel the pain in my wallet, too and am held to the same salary freezes as they are. Whenever I have asked about an educational discount it's never mattered that I wasn't a "teacher". So long as you work for a school, you should ask...don't assume you won't receive the discount. Also... Christopher & Banks/CJ Banks offer a 10% discount to school employees. Haven't seen that on any of the lists.
Ripley's aquarium in Myrtle Beach will give educators $10 off their admission ticket.
Barnes & Noble discriminates against college and university professors. They seem to believe that education stops in the 12th grade. Does anyone know if Amazon offers a teacher's discount - a discount for ALL educators, not just K-12? Thank you.
DoDDS Europe says:
Joann's has yet to honor the teacher discount. I have asked for it online and in the store and they will not give it to me. I have proof I am a teacher and they still will not honor the discount.
Apple store only gives discounts on computers. Nothing else.
Moe's Southwest Grill gives a teacher discount everyday. Just show your badge.
Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando and many other theatres offer teacher discounts!
Also, with the rewards program at Office Depot, you can turn in up to 10 printer cartridges and get $2 back for each. And for Joan.... Barnes & nobles only discounts if you are going to use the items in your classroom. And being a professor they probably assume your students have to buy all their items. A kindergarten teacher can't go in there and get a discount on a Danielle Steele book.
Barry Kaufman says:
Lots of really great stuff!!
Don't forget Legoland Florida theme park- Florida teachers get a free annual pass!
The Philadelphia Zoo give teachers a summer break pass. You can get it online at their website. It gives teachers free admission all summer long to the zoo!
Christopher & Banks / CJ Banks clothing stores give 10% discount with teacher ID or other proof.
Prezi has a free upgraded account for anyone with an education email!
Roy Davis says:
SeaWorld offers educator passes that are like season tickets for free. One per teacher. Check out SeaWorld website. What about other discounts in Texas?
Thanks for the great information.
Ruthy Spector says:
Thanks so much for this wonderful info.
Thanks for all the discount information!!!!
Chris Koning says:
Shared this on Facebook!
I want to hug you! Thanks very much!
Mary Quinn says:
Be prepared to pay cash at Michaels.
Mrs Raquel says:
Thanks for compiling this list! Also, teachers get a 15% discount at Polo Factory Outlet Stores.
Joanne Abruzzo says:
I don't think JJill gives discounts anymore.
venkateshwarlu yagatilee says:
Los Angeles Natural History Museum gives teachers free entrance with ID as well!
I'm a retired teacher and still get some of the discounts. I get AT&T and the shoes and clothing ones.
Much gratitude for making me feel special today as I get ready to start a fantastic new school year!
Thanks for taking the time to post this.....will be sharing.
Teri Leach says:
My daughter is a licensed clinical social worker in the inner city. Pay is low because kids there are not respected as potential contributors to society--they are just seen as gang members. She spends a considerable amount of her own money to buy art supplies and games in order to do therapy with the kids. Please consider extending these wonderful discounts to those in all professions that help at-risk children.
Lucy Lagnese says:
Are these available to RETIRED TEACHERS, also?
The School Garden (a teacher supply store) offers 15% off all of their educational supplies. www.theschoolgardenllc.com
The Field Museum doesn't allow free or discounted prices for teachers - only teachers that live and work in Illinois.
Jane in NH says:
Talbots gives 15% off :)
I would love to see you add the Atlanta Aquarium and zoo.
Can I qualify for these discounts if I am a sub paraprofessional from a NYC public school?
Are any of these discounts available to preschool teachers? We also have to have certain teaching credentials and for most of us the pay rate is very low but our hearts are in the right place. I would love to see more companies offer discounts to preschool teachers / educators. Education does not just start in kindergarten anymore...VPK is a prime example! Please extend these great offers to the teachers of our younger students in life also! Thanks!
JCrew will honor the educator discount for online/catalog only items if you go into the store and order from the red phone (free shipping too). The store sales associate just has to verify the ID to the phone sales person and they give it to you. Madewell also has an education discount.
Kris Ford says:
For Clark County Nevada School District educators the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay offers free entrance to a teacher with a current teacher district ID plus one guest on the first weekend of every month. I always ask at hotels- public school teachers are usually considered government employees. It never hurts to ask. I bought a new sewing machine at a tiny little sewing and vacuum repair shop here in Las Vegas and when the co-owner found I I'm a teacher he gave me a 15% discount even though it's not a company policy, but his heartfelt 'thank you' was even better than the financial discount
Even though Staples offers the discounts, many of us here will not use them after shopping at our local store. We were told that "We are tired of all the greedy teachers coming in and shopping their penny sales." Yes we may have shopped there a lot but you had to make other purchases before you could get the penny sales. I and others would rather shop where we are appreciated.
Jo Merriman says:
Hello All!! This is a great list. As a preschool teacher, I asked my school to make ID cards for the staff, stating the name of the school and our title, so that we could receive discounts on thing that we buy for our classrooms. So far, I have only used it in A.C. Moore, but it was honored. For those preschool teachers out there, please ask your school to help you all out with some form of ID.
This is great! NY & co has it and won't work if the sale discount is better which they usually are...so they won't add the teacher discount on top of it. :/ not all michaels have the teacher discount.... Also some of you mentioned Barnes & noble doesn't let you get something that isn't for your classroom, not true! I just bought game of thrones and they didnt question it i got the discount :)
Polly Packer says:
Hi! Does anyone know if the educator's discount can be applied to purchasing Rosetta Stone products? thanks!
Hello Teachers! Fluent City also offers a 15% off French, Spanish, Italian and Arabic afterwork classes for teachers. Email us from your DOE email to get the discount!
Julie Bennet says:
Thank you so much for the great information. It is so cool that teachers can get so many discounts! I have been looking into employee discount programs. Thanks again for the great information.
I would like to add Cascio Interstate Music - they have a 10% off discount, for Students & Teachers
Carrie Fox says:
Is there a teacher discount for disneyworld tickets? I already have a place to stay but am looking for discount tickets for the park?
I would like to see more discounts to be given to teacher as an honor.
Linda Hall says:
Do these discounts include teachers who have retired after 33 years of teaching?
This is the best and essential educational entry fun.
Thank you! I never knew half of these places gave teacher discounts until now!
Karen gerald says:
Do preschool teachers get any of these discounts? We have to have a four year degree just like public school teachers, make less pay and yet many places don't recognize us in discounts for teachers.
do these discounts apply to paraprofessionals / part time aides....
Sharon Mellon says:
Do I get a discount?
The Frankin Institute in Philly also offers free admission for teaches- You have to call ahead of time and schedule the day though.
I don't know if it is just in my hometown, but Wal-Greens gives a discount to teachers on Tuesdays.
Thank you State Parks. No discount for entry fees, petting the bear, or camping, but if a teacher buys a postcard, you get a discount. How generous can you be. Thanks so much.
I would like to add that, we are a garage door company based in Maryland. We offer Discounts to Teachers, Seniors, and Military. Discount is 15% off of invoice. Calvert Doors llc service Most of MD, VA, and DC. WE also service parts of DE. Call @ 240-375-9355 Must show ID for proof. For those that are educators but are not provide a badge, Some sort of certificate proving you are providing education to your community will do. Thank you all for what you do. My wife and the CO/Owner of our company is also an educator in our local school system.
West Elm gives a 10% discount to teachers.
Gregg Bopp says:
This is discrimination against non teachers. Teachers are highly paid, at least in my area, average between $45k to $109k. Many are about $65k at tenure and then it climbs. They can afford full price for things that are NOT school related !! OH I forgot," It's for the children."
Claire. De paolai says:
I enjoy getting discounts.
janet bon says:
"Donna Earle says: A good variety of discounts. What if you are a retired teacher?" Hi Donna. Not to be rude, but teacher discounts are meant to help out current teachers. I, as I'm sure everyone, thank you for your contribution to society, but since you are currently retired, you cannot take advantage of teacher discounts anymore. All places ask for a current pay stub or ID, plus it is not fair to the current teachers that someone who isn't a teacher anymore gets to get a discount for her personal (not classroom) use." Ok if this is unfair to use for personal and not classroom, please tell me how legoland and graceland visits will be used in the classroom???
I have wondered about stores like Lowes and Home Depot since as a teacher I purchase things for my classroom every year from them. The only two stores I have found that do not give any kind of discount to me as a teacher in the Charleston, SC area are WalMart and Talbot...neither give any discount....I also have asked Hobby Lobby and written them since this list was released and have been told they DO NOT give discounts. The email they sent me said they only give them for their book store. I still have no idea what the Hobby Lobby book store is. Rozanne
Haute Mommies and Bella Babies Maternity and Baby offers teachers a 10% discount on their entire purchases in-store or on-line to take advantage, teachers just need to mention they are a teacher in store or use code 01HMandBB10 at HMandBB.com. A great opportunity for teachers to save on items for themselves or gifts for family and friends.
Lori Harper says:
Thank You! It's so nice to be treated to so many discounts and opportunities.
Laura Philpott says:
Greg, I don't know where you live but that is not my salary. I make $40,000 and I have been teaching for twenty years. So until you work in education and see how much teachers do spend please do not judge. Supplies, snacks, it is endless.
In the Phoenix Metro area the Goodwill gives teachers 20% off their purchase on Sundays. Much of my wardrobe and teaching materials come from there.
How about daycare providers? We could use a discount.
Thank you for sharing a great opportunity for teachers
Teachers are very special people who put a lot into their job and their classrooms. They work long hours w/o benefit of overtime.They care when the parents of the kids do not.The list goes on and on. Greg you must live in the perfect world where everyone makes a great living, the sun always shines and everyday is a Holiay. I do not know any Teacher that makes that kind of money, maybe University Professors. I am not a Teacher,nor am I married to one. I hope there are more discounts for these incredible Professionals who care so much for the children. Now Greg, I am thinking you were one of those trouble makers who disrupted the class and made it hard for those kids who wanted to learn. School is over for you, so quit your whining and and give these special people their discounts without any qualms.
How about giving teachers who teach in New York discounts? We could use it since we have the expense to travel so far!
Do any of these apply to retired teachers?
Gregg Bopp, you are clearly not a teacher. I buy everything for my classroom. I make $75 a day before taxes. Once I'm salaried, I'll make $29,000 a year. Before taxes. I am not provided anything but chairs, a piano, and music. That's it. I buy magazines, books, activities, posters, supplies, cleaning products. I even supply my own printer and ink. And I travel between two schools every day and have no reimbursement for gas or maintenance. I don't even know how I make money. It's a miracle, be it a small one.
I work in a high school, though I am not a teacher and I can say, when the school budget runs out, I have seen many teachers foot the bill for the items they need to teach! Some of my teachers do make good money, but those are the ones that have been teaching for over 20 years. The ones that are just starting out don't make that much, and they are the ones that need the most for their classrooms. Bless teachers for all they do!
I am an audiologist who works with children and adults. I also work hard. Why am I not entitled to any kind of a discount? Who decides whether one group works harder than the other or who has the greatest impact on children and young adults.
I'm ashamed of some of the teachers knocking the author for writing this or complaining about not enough discounts. This was simply a helpful post, and I'm glad it was written in case we happen to shop at one of those places.
Wow, Greg you have the heart of a Scrooge. I make $32,000 a year before taxes and insurance. I spend about $200 of each pay check (a month) on my students. I work in a Title 1 school. My kids are poverty-stricken, many are homeless, and can't afford school supplies half of the time. I also drive 40 miles one way to work. So I spend about $75 a week in gas. Then...just try teaching before you say idiotic things like that. You have no idea until you walk a mile.
I am a preschool teacher in a center where they do not make ID tags. I shrunk and copied the portion of my paystub that includes my name, address as well as that of the school and keep it in my wallet. It usually works.
Amy T says:
Couple of things to add. 1st..NC has been on a pay freeze for the last 6 years or so. We are now 48th in nation for pay so these discounts, whether for school use or personal, are greatly appreciated. 2nd, paraprofessionals, at least at my school and prek teachers all receive pay stub from school system so discount should apply to everyone. 3rd..retired teachers don't get discount, but should. Retired military does. I know we aren't on a battlefield, but it sometimes feels that way lol and I know many military who have only done clerical work. Last, home school teachers are wonderful, but that is a choice u make to do so and they do not have to teach up to 90 or more students a day. .. at least I hope not lol. Most home school parents I know so not have any kind of educational degree either. I worked hard in school to make very little money. . Wasn't aware how little it would end up being till my state decided that teachers weren't worth very much. I am very grateful for the few perks we can get.
Elizabeth Rooney says:
In the insurance section, you failed to mention Horace Mann, which gives both discounted rates to all educators, as well as special benefits like coverage for findraising money that goes missing, waived deductible on auto damage that happens near the school campus or at school events, the list goes on and on, covered liability for transporting students in your covered automobile, and so on. Horace Mann also donates thousands of dollars to school classrooms through Donors Choose.org and individual agents making a difference in their local schools.
Wow!!! These are amazing!!!!!
As a teacher, I find posts or articles like this very helpful. For those non-teachers upset and begging for their discount please stop, you're pathetic! Teachers are the backbone to any job not to mention who cares for your children daily! We don't make much and spend lots! Let us have our 15 percent of a freaking sweater at banana republic with pride and dignity! As a now mother, I am no longer working due to the expenses of two babies in daycare. I would literally loose money going to work. Let us have our moment to shine, It's the little things about our job that keep is going.
Pam Mcfall says:
Greg Bop: I want to know where you live cause I want to move there. I've taught for 34 years and don't come close to making even half of the $109,000 and that's with a master' degree!!!
Greg, I am in shock that you would go on to a site set out for teachers, and bash the teachers. Remember - if you have a nice job and enjoy the things you have in life, it's probably because of your education...and how did you get that - from the teachers who were willing to go out and try to make a difference in the world and teach you. By the way...I live in NC too, and took an $8000 pay cut to work (make less 6 years in than I did 2 years in and I have a masters - 38k now) in a title one school that is in desperate need of teachers who care. Be careful of your words, Greg, they will tend to follow and haunt you. I hope if you have children, they get a loving teacher who can see past your close-mindedness.
I think the problem with offering these discounts to retired teachers is that many (more than half) of all teachers "retire" in less than 5 years. I do not think that you should receive a teacher discount if you taught for a couple of years and then quit to work a job where you are probably making considerably more money and no longer spending out of your own pocket. I think that teachers who have taught for 25 years and retire at the end of the career absolutely DO deserve these discounts.
Greg where do you live? I need to relocate immediately!
Greg, I am guessing you are from a big city like NYC or somewhere where the cost of living is much higher than most places. The salary you mentioned is what NYC teachers make after accumulating 30 credits above a Masters Degree. I have about ten years left to pay off my student loan, which I began paying in 1998. Rents here for one bedroom apartments (in some cases, studio apartments) range from $1500 - $3500 per month depending on where you live. God forbid trying to own property (which I will never be able to afford at my salary after 16 years of teaching). An average one-bedroom co-op in my neighborhood in Queens goes for around $350K (condos around $550K--a one-family house about $750K. Not to mention the higher cost of cars, insurance, entertainment, restaurants, etc. My sister in Ohio makes less than I do after 20 years of teaching and a Masters degree. Perspective, Greg. Perspective. Thank you Gift Card Granny. Tracy, well said.
Greg, You don't realize what teachers do for their students. We have a food bank at our school, that many teacher bring in bags of non perishable food on a weekly basis. These same teachers purchase school supplies for these students throughout the year, They also donate gift cards and money during the holiday season so that their students may receive a present at Christmas. You are right we do make a decent living but most (not all) teachers do spent quite a bit of their salary on their students. I am proud of my profession and I live for the times when former students come back and say thank you. That is what teaching is about.
Teaching is the only profession where people steal supplies from home to bring to work!
Thank you for such a wonderful list! I always bring my ID with me and have been given discounts at museums (the Met in NYC, and other American locations as well as internationally). You can also receive discount booklets at outlets such as Premium or Tanger malls that are $5 and up without your ID. AAA or AARP can usually get these discounts as well. NEA has many more discounts (Budget Rental among others) and you just have to register to get them. My mom is a retired teacher and unfortunately does not get these benefits anymore. But the AAA or AARP are usually comparable to the teacher ones. Thank you to all the educators out there!!! :)
Holly Britton says:
Dr. Vessel says:
This is fantastic. Kudos to whoever thought enough of us to compile this list. How appreciative I am for this legwork.
Gail Stoddart says:
Do any of these apply to retired teachers??
In addition, Eddie Bauer gives teachers a 10% discount for showing a school ID or paystub.
Julia Hendricks says:
Thanks! I love the Dolphin/Swan hotel at Disney World. Stayed there years ago, and had so much fun!
AC Moore does offer a flat rate teacher discount of 15%. all you have to do is show your school id, paystub, or union card.
Greg is just trying to get a rise out of people...ignore him...
Martin Torrez says:
I am a teacher in Levelland, Texas. We are planning a trip to Anaheim and visit Disneyland. Are there any other promotions available for a trip planned in first two weeks of July? Thank you in advance, Martin Torrez
Sounds like Greg should have become a teacher!
Greg is obviously here to troll people because that's what unhappy people to do others, especially online.
Marsha Campbell says:
What I learned by reading through this list and those mentioned in the comments is that I should just ask everywhere I shop! The simple phrase, "I'm a teacher. Do you offer any discounts for teachers?" might just save me some money! Also, a regional restaurant, Taco Villa, offers 10% to teachers. My favorite place for lunch!!!
1 year membership at the Asian Art Museum in SF is $40 (almost half off regular membership). Includes free entry for two adults and is Tax deductible!
The pin option does not work so I have no way to save & reference this great list.
I wish they would extend these discounts to SC Teachers. I love SeaWorld and would love to visit for free.
Teachers are paid relatively low compared to most other professions that basically require a Master's Degree. In addition, teachers spend thousands of dollars per year on supplies, activities, and so much more that you could not even imagine. Teachers deserve every discount on this page.
Watch "Blackfish". Then decide if you love Seaworld.
I understand what Greg is trying to say. Discounts for teachers on items or programs that are classroom related...FINE. But discounts on clothing, furniture, personal cell phones, etc seems a touch too much. Teaching is a CHOSEN profession. So complaining about all the "EXTRA" you do isn't really a fair point to make when receiving all these discounts.
To Doug first, keep in mind these are not "freebees", so you actually have to spend money before you can save money with the discounts. And Greg, I am not certain where you think $45k/year is "highly paid", but I can tell you that I made more than that a decade ago with no college degree in the insurance field. And my underpaid teacher husband with a Master's Degree from Brown would be happy to help you with your writing, so you can avoid the numerous errors found in your comments.
Hush Doug there is absolutely nothing wrong with these businesses choosing to give back to us ordinary people who give back to OUR future.
AC Moore offers an everyday teacher discount, PLUS a rewards program! :)
Radio shack also gives discount for teachers. I believe it's 10%.
Greg is full of it. I want to know where he lives, because I'm applying for a job in that district.
Planning a trip to Memphis in November....I was looking at the Graceland website and it doesn't mention anything about teachers getting in free...do you just literally show them your ID at the ticket counter and say you "heard on the internet that teachers get in free?" Seems like it would say something somewhere about it???
Monterey Bay Aquarium gives teachers with a school ID badge a discount in their gift shops.
linda bailey says:
Love Olive Garden and Longhorn.
Just an FYI, AC Moore will let you use your Michael's teacher discount - they both let you use "competitors" coupons.
Two points to make... as a teacher I appreciate ALL the discounts given to us by businesses who appreciate the job we do. We do not get three months off like some mistakenly believe and as evidence of that my school got out May 30. I worked the first four days beyond the required days then three weeks of summer school and another week of testing. Then three days of workshops and I still have another week of professional development and a one day workshop in mid-August the Saturday before we go back for preplanning. Yes it's by choice, but I still appreciate the discounts on school - related items and personal items. As for Blackfish, I watched it and disagree with most of their claims.
I work as a Teacher with special needs children I make less than 28,000 a year and out of each pay check I spend approx 50 to buy supplies, drinks like juice and milk, as well as snacks for the children. Sometimes it is more than that because I will also buy clothes and such to keep in the room and if a child has an accident and has no clothing the stuff I bought and brought I will use and send the child home in and many times it doesn't come back. So the discounts for clothes and such is helpful as are all the other one listed.
The Newseum in DC gives a discount. I can't remember exactly, about 1/3 off?
Greg, I'm going to give you one last bit of comment-oxygen. The national average starting salary for teachers is $36k/yr. I am a veteran teacher, but changed grade level and area last year; I spent over $1,500.00 out of my own pocket to set up my classroom, and a few hundred more over the course of the year. And I teach in quite a generous school; imagine teachers who have little or no resources available to them through their schools/districts. Clearly, you were raised and educated in a vacuum - no parents (good manner) and no teachers (since you know it all). I should have resisted feeding the troll, but you know us teachers - we think we can make you somehow better.
The Complete List of 80 Teacher Discounts was worth looking through! I didn't realize all the discounts I could receive. HOWEVER, I was disappointed to find NEW YORK & CO. registration for teacher's discount awards was no longer available!
To those who think teachers don't deserve discounts,1. I hope you don't have children and if you do.... how often do you help out in your child's classroom?, 2. You feel teachers make $47k a year - not in the 3rd lowest paying state in the country and not in Title 1 schools, 3. If a teacher came to work not looking professional, you'd be the first to complain, 4. Yes, teaching is a chosen profession, but that doesn't mean we don't work hard or have more stress from butt-faces like yourselves that think we don't need discounts, and 5. In case you have forgotten your monkey - butt had a teacher who who did for you what E are trying to do with today's children... however back them teachers were WELL respected unlike in today's society because of dummies like YOU!!!! Stop your hating!!!
Eileen Hesse says:
Here's a question...do any of these stores do the same for RETIRED teachers? While I was teaching, Verizon gave an 18% discount on our bill. Once I retired, NADA. And while I have shopped at many of these stores on the list, never once was I informed they offered discounts to teachers. Not that I expect them to ask every customer "Are you a teacher?", but a notification to community schools might be in order. I know Barnes and Noble always sent us cards during Teacher Appreciation Week, but I never knew it was year round. Only that week. I appreciate your posting of this info for the teachers who have followed after me. TY
Teachers get into the La Brea tar pits for free with a teacher ID. Also, Half Price Books does a 10% discount on all purchases for teachers.
Greg, where exactly in your deluded mind teachers make 45-109k?? You must be joking..Don't comment on teacher's salaries when you're wrong. Secondly you have nerve!! Teachers use their OWN money to buy things for the classrooms. You think things are handed to teacher? You are a deluded human being. Maybe if you have an issue with teachers, you should go to college and become one and see what you get paid. Just stop commenting on stuff you have no clue on. Are you getting your numbers from the internet? If so, they are way off. Why do you even care what teachers do anyway? Jealousy?? Ohh wait you stop working after 8 hours..teacher don't just an FYI!! Teachers deserve all the discounts they can!!! For those who don't feel they should, keep your trap shut!!
barb heideman says:
As a teacher, it's great to know of so many companies and public places that acknowledge teachers. The wealth of information available to teachers that engage students' knowledge. Thanks for all you do.
Always ask for discounts...AAA,AARP,TEACHERS,MILITARY . For those who expect the cashier to ask, they won't. Be your own advocate.
Kate Spade and the Kate Spade outlet also give a teacher discount with a valid id.
Alice Elliott says:
In Washington, DC, we got a 10% teacher discount in the gift shop at the National Archives.
Add MOSI in Tampa to the list of free annual passes for Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas Teachers.
Rosalyn Murray says:
I work as a Counselor at Kennedy Alternative School.
To those that will remain nameless if you believe that teachers should not get discounts then I assume that you think theology sty should not as well. This list is wonderful .
Eileen...just had Verizon reinstate the discount that was taken away when I retired. Call or go to store.
Teresa Eckrich says:
Wow! Who knew about this. I feel special.
Peggy Marks says:
Asa Lutheran pastor I spend much time teaching...confirmation classes, adults children etc. sure wish I qualified for theses discounts!
Jeffrey Trigger says:
I'm really disappointed that so many of the commenters took the low road by bashing Greg without doing research. He could quite possibly be from Ontario. In which the salary for teachers is, guess what, $45,000 to $109,000. Two, teachers in union states, get paid more than right to work. Three, we teachers can't complain about the work we have to do when we get home. We knew going in we would have to do it. If it's a problem for you, then you need to find a new profession. Four, complaining about your pay is going to fall on deaf ears. Yes the pay sucks, but the vast majority of people living in the USA think their pay sucks as well. You should be talking about how the lack of funding to your classroom affects your students. It has affected mine, and this year's cuts will affect them again. While my pay does suck, I can make cutbacks, I'm not starving. If you have already made cuts, and you still can't make it, dust off the resume and find a job in which you can make ends meet. You don't think that's fair? Whoever said life was fair?
Jackie cobo says:
Would love the tote.
maria isopo says:
This is great information.... thank you keep us posted at all times
Wish I had access to this info. while teaching. Retired now and need the discounts more than ever. Is there a list of discounts that still give discounts to retired teachers?
Some of these are NOT teacher discounts but school district discounts! If you have to pay with a School credit card or school check then the discount is going to the school, so "No Thanks, Hobby Lobby and Party City! I'll stick with places like Michaels and Barnes and Noble."
Judy Watts says:
Excuse me, aren't all careers chosen, I have been a teacher for 33 years and I don't make 45k, and I spend hundreds out of my pocket every year because I don't want any child to go without. Don't begrudge us for helping your child. I have clothes ruined every year from art projects, playground duty, or a sick or bloody child.
Another store that has a teacher discount card is Hancock Fabrics. They give 15% off your total purchase. Just show your school ID and you can get the discount card. They also have a student discount card that gives 10% off your purchase for college students.
Doug and followers please get a grip on reality. Do you realize I would not wear these clothes everyday that have dogs and cats and ruler is on and if I were a teacher? Do you realize I wouldn't need a second phone for privacy reasons in for parents to refuse to deal with teachers during their contract time? Do you realize how much money teachers spent on you, your friends, your children, your nieces, nephews and so on for rewards snacks, necessities, materials, bribes, and breakfast for all those times your mom didn't feed you? Sometimes when you don't have anything nice or intelligent to say you shouldn't say anything at all.
science teacher says:
$45-$100 K salary???? When I retire I will be lucky if I make half of the top of that range. Thanks for posting the discounts! Glad to know that SOME people appreciate teachers!
For those commenting that teaching is a chosen profession, every profession is a chosen profession. None of us would be where we are today without teachers. Our society leans on teachers for so much. They watch sometimes up to 30 children at a time, they take their work home, attend countless required seminars and open houses and such. Teachers do a lot more for society than say someone in marketing or human resources, yet my nanny currently makes more than my child's teacher. I see a problem. Teachers deserve a lot better than our society gives to them and in my opinion these discounts aren't half of what they should be.
Willyne Kestel says:
Glad to know about all the discounts! Would love the tote! Can never have enough as a teacher!
Maybe this will be poking the bear so to speak, but it is just my opinion. Ate there some teachers that are overpaid for what they do? Absolutely. I know the teachers that get to the school 5 mints before the first bell and then rush out after school and never come in during the summer. But the good ones are involved will outside of contract time. As a student teacher last year I know that there were many weeks weeks that I spent 60 his at the school and then had more to do when I got home. This was while I was paying to be there. Did I chose teaching? Yes. Could I be making more money with the degree I have? I have a BS in chemistry and minors in math and physics... I will let you take a guess. But I chose teaching because I feel like it is where I can make the biggest difference and where I will be happiest. I think it is nice that these places offer a sort of thank you for giving up big pay to make a difference. Trust me I didn't go into teaching for these discounts but I do appreciate feeling appreciated. (Additionally I apologize for any typos as I am doing this on my phone while eating after final team camp.)
Happy to be appreciated! Thank you so much:)
@Aaron.. I disagree with your post! Im a teacher.. and my students, parents, and others will tell you that I put my heart and soul into my teaching... but I am also a MOTHER! I get to work at my contract time because I am preparing my own children for school. I leave right after the bell to rush and pick up my own children from school on time. While at work I will skip lunch if the kids need me.. I dedicate one day a week to stay late and offer my help.. I do not feel that because I put my own children first that makes me an overpaid / not as strong as a teacher. DO NOT be so quick to judge others and post rude or ignorant comments (ps.. this is written in a blog format... not looking for correct punctuation... I'm aware)
Do these discounts apply to retired teachers also?
That was awesome for teachers!
I, too, am a teacher. I do not pay out of pocket for anything. I do not grade while at home. I do not take phone calls when I am not at work. Why? Because that is a choice I make. Yet, I am a passionate, industrious teacher who is well respected by colleagues and administrators for empowering students, strengthening students' skills, and helping students recognize their own strengths and worth. I work very hard during the work day, so every paper does get graded, student work is displayed, meetings are attended, and all of the numerous responsibilities of a teacher are addressed. I have grown weary of hearing teachers complain about how much "extra" work they do beyond the contracted work day. Yes, we have a multitude of responsibilities, but most jobs are demanding. After all, most of us would likely be bored to tears with a ho-hum desk job. So, while it's true that we teachers have chosen our profession, we also have the choice to put limits on our job. I am not suggesting that creativity, ingenuity, or anything be sacrificed. Conversely, I am confident that a teacher can be exemplary without spending one's own money on supplies, dedicating time at home to complete work, or compromising privacy. So, do teachers "deserve" these discounts? I don't think that's what it's really about. I think it's more of a way for businesses to appeal to a large group of customers than a significant perk for teachers. (I don't think it really matters since most of these businesses offer even larger discounts to the general public. (All of the craft stores like JoAnn and Michaels have 20% off coupons. There is nearly always a 40% or 50% off one item, too.)
There are lots of discounts out there not listed here. Don't be afraid to ask. Some small businesses will give an educator a discount even if they don't have a set policy.
Hey Aaron, If the first comment you make is that teachers are overpaid and don't work hard enough then you should find some other field where you can judge your colleagues before you have even found a job! Glad you are working so hard as a student teacher, add the responsibility of 25-30 students and their families, common core, evaluations, State testing, I can go on and on....Maybe science research would better suit you...
COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus gives free admission to teachers.
Judie Murray says:
Ann Burke says:
To all the "Greg Defenders": Seriously? He went on a teacher discounts page and claimed discrimination of non-teachers. While I find him an uninformed ignoramus, your defense of his position is so much worse. 1) Greg has obviously been wronged by a teacher or is extremely lonely and wants attention. 2)The "Greg Defenders" need to take their need for opposing view points to a worthy forum/cause. 3) If you work in retail, you typically get employee discounts. if you work in the food industry you often get discounted or comp. meals. If you are a bartender, you may get a free drink or two. If you are a custodian at a public University, your kids can attend school their at no cost or greatly reduced cost. Many jobs/careers have some sort of discount/perk/rewards program. Why would anyone in their right mind have an issue with teachers getting discounts? It, in no way, hurts anyone else. Get out in the world and live your life and quit looking for conflict in weird places. There are plenty of real issues out there to go defend/argue.
Pat Ferryman says:
Teachers are paid by the state my daughter makes more after 8 years than I do after 20. The difference is where we live. I average a hundred a payday for my classroom in crafts and art supplies. I teach hands on to students who unable to purchase supplies for themselves at a school that has no supply money. I am glad some of you leave and go home at quitting time. I don't I write curriculum and look for new ways to teach the same old stuff to kids who learn by doing not by listening. It is a lot of work. But, I love it or I wouldn't do it
Hancock Fabrics also gives Teacher Discounts year-round...
Would love to see more NW offers!
Tina Di says:
Donna Morgan says:
I'm not a teacher, my husband is. My hat is off to all of you teachers that go above and beyond your duties. Without your dedication and passion, and willingness to help our children succeed, we would be at a loss. I'm a school nurse, I see the passion that you all have for your students. I apologize for the mean comments. I will pass this on to my husband's and our children's school, and thank you
Betty Ryan says:
Nice to see this list...BUT our school has an .org extension and not an .edu so a place like West Elm would not take my email...sad...I like that store.
Busy Huerdo Lange says:
Awesome !!! must be the same in other countries
Thank you. We teachers always appreciate those who appreciate and understand us.
Jacquie Muzio says:
What if you are a retired teacher? Are there any discounts for us??
Teacher pay aside, it is up to these companies if they want to offer a discount or not. It is their way of showing appreciation! They also get a lot of return teacher customers because of these discounts! Kudos to them all around and thank you for your appreciation!
Lillian Pacheco says:
Great discounts? Do these discounts apply to retried teachers also.? Thank you.
Thanks much. I often wonder what I am missing out on.
Becky Cook says:
Are retired teachers included in any of these discounts? I know Christopher and Banks will give me 10 per cent off, but will any others?
Ronnie Walerzak says:
Wish I knew this before in many areas.
Faith Groves says:
For 12 years I have bought discounted items for my classes, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, copy paper (1 1/2 cases is all we are given) with over 200 students 1 1/2 doesn't go far very far. I will not though, spend another dime this my 14th year. We haven't had a raise in 8 1/2 years, have taken a 26% reduction in pay for three years, within those 8 1/2 years, have worked without contract for six years and our district offered a "slap in the face 2%. Sorry, if I don't have the tools, my student are going to have to do without.
Faith Groves says:
Niccole, discounts or not, teachers should not have to pay for any supplies for their classrooms, elementary school, /middle or high school. The districts should pay and make sure every teacher has enough of the necessary tools needed to do their jobs. Although this is never the case, it certainly is not our responsibility to purchase what is needed for our classrooms. You can't even write it off on your taxes anymore. Listen people, there would not be a doctor, administrator even a President without a teacher first and foremost, yet we have in many instances have the highest education (required) to be paid the lowest salary. Think about it. How did a lawyer become a lawyer without a teacher first? How did a doctor become a doctor without a teacher first? How did a child, maybe yours, learn how to add, subtract, multiply or divide without a teacher? We teachers make all other professions possible.Yet, most (not all) people think our job is just gravy and we are paid too much. This is societies fault. They believe what they continuously hear. Sad isn't it? I thank whomever for the offer of discounts, but this year and however many more I have teaching ends my buying for my classroom.
Can I get these discounts as a paraprofessional or a teacher's assistant?
Debbie Schmid says:
The MIM (Musical Instrument Museum) in Phoenix AZ offers free admission to educators during the month of July.
Silas Robinson says:
Someone said that Texas teachers recieved a corporate discount for rental cars is this so?
Julie Nelson says:
LaBrea Tar Pits has free admission for teachers, upon showing your valid teacher or union ID card. A great surprise!
Eitlejorg museum in Indianapolis is free for teachers
Sandy Fisher says:
Thank you...Like so many teachers A good portion of my income is poured back into my classroom; being a music teacher we are at the bottom of the food chain...& funds rarely trickle down this far... any & all discounts are so appreciated...again THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL LIST
Randy Thornley says:
We need to have greater info out there for so many of us are strapped financially. Thanks for the peek at what's out there.
It never hurts to ask for an educator discount. I received free admission (with id) at the SC aquarium. Also Grease Monkey gives 15% off all services. Verizon also in our area. Dozens of discounts, but you have to ask for them!!!!!
F Rodriquez says:
Does Sprint give discounts to Texas Retired Teachers?
I am a teacher of a preschool and I like this page.
Ora Hale says:
Very Helpful-Thank you
Gail Pettitt says:
Thank you for supporting discounts to educators.
US Cellular also has an educator discount, they were not included on your list. All you need to do is call them about it, they make the adjustment on your basic fee. You do need to reenlist every year though I think.
Thanks for providing the wonderful information its really very nice .
karla watson says:
This is definitely a help.
Holly Morgan says:
Leonard Piestrak says:
Anything available for retirees?
Denise Vilkas says:
Thanks for the discount
Roxanne Stahl says:
I was just wondering if there are any discounts for Day Care Providers? Thank You
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Umm Madiha says:
The Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago offers homeschool families free admission.
Miguel A.Hernandez says:
I need a discount for teacher is great
Beth Chamberlain says:
Are any of these teacher discounts for retired educators?
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Robin Mayer says:
it is very nice to see that we teachers are finally getting recognised for all the work we do to teach the children of the future. Thank you for recognises us teachers. Robin
This is such an awesome site,Thanks for caring for the small people,
Hello! Great list but you missed a fantastic freebie! aquarium by the bat on pier 39 in San Francisco offers free admission to both teachers and students!
Thank You!!!!!!! So Much!!!!!!
Linda Adcox says:
Is this just for public school teachers? We have a lot of parents homeschooling their children in our community. Would these discouts apply to these parents?
Melissa Morton says:
I am an Educational Assistant and have been for 16 years. I would love it if some of these items would pertain to us. I put a lot of my money into the classroom that I have to decorate and many things I buy for the students who cant afford certain things that they need. I take my job very seriously and wish I could use some of these. It is a wonderful thing to do for the teachers.
Jan Noble says:
This is so thoughtful and appreciated. Thank you.
Kimberly Demeter says:
I own a teachers' store and we offer rewards to our customers. Alas, I'm not a big box store, so I didn't make the list.
Love Hobby Lobby
Eileen Landes says:
wonderful list...thank you so much!
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield Illinois offers a discount to educators. Just show your school ID.
Great list! Thank you.
Katherine Womack says:
Thanks for the info
Thanks for sharing
Great information thanks
Cindia Chapman says:
thanks so very much!
Wow what a grat thing to find as a teacher. My family can really use this right now.
Thank you very much! I only knew about 5 of these businesses.
Sabrina Davis says:
I wasn't able to access the Sea World Teacher discount.
gladys dowden says:
wonderful list thank you
Wow I didn,t know theremweremso many discounts. Thank You for sharing. :)
Double check the free museum admissions before you go. I know the Field Museum in Chicago only allows free admission to Illinois teachers. (I tried it and, being from Michigan, was denied.)
B&N does NOT give discounts to college professors...may seem silly but I teach pre service teachers and love to use children's literature in my classes...AC Moore is AWESOME when it comes to giving the discount
Do you know discount include a Substitute Teachers too?
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Many of the discounts listed here are NOT given in my area. And the first whole set listed are where teachers go to spend their own money on things needed in their classrooms. In my entire career, I had one discount teachers card-at Staples.
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Wendy S.Stuck says:
So glad a friend told me of this site
Mildred Peterson says:
How long can teachers use discounts
Sara Wagenmaker says:
great list! Can't wait to share it
Karen Gordon says:
I taught 31 years and was curious if I qualified for these Teacher Discounts. I could show my pay stub from Teacher Retirement. Thanks
Rosa E. Pacheco says:
Thank you!! I didn't know about more than half of these!! This is very helpful!
Veronica Anderson says:
How many tickets are you allowed to receive
Vickie J. Nickerson says:
Thanks, I need this list.
Schuler Books does not give discounts to schools that team teach, such as alternative education teachers like myself. I went into a Michigan Schuler Book store and wad asked a variety of questions regarding what school I worked for, do I have my own classroom, etc., only to be denied the discount. I wad trying to by books for my students who had been asking for them and could not find them at the public library. It's a shame that certain students end up s slipping through the cracks and have to seek alternative methods to a high school diploma. What's even worse is the continuous shaming of those students and their educators.
Cathy Emler says:
Thanks for the info!
joann h samuelson says:
I work in a latchkey program and I would like to know if I get discounts too?
Linda Root says:
shana alex says:
Gap now offers 20% to teachers with their school ID. 25% if you have a gap card
John Kucko says:
How about retired teachers that have over 32 years of teaching? Starting pay 5000 dollars a year.
Rosalie Allman says:
awesome information on teacher discounts
Sue Martens says:
During Teacher Appreciation Week, Staples gives a whopping 40% back in rewards. I just bought $65 worth of supplies for my daughter's classroom and will get $24 back. That's in addition to the usual teacher discount, which by the way is 10% where I live. Is that 5% figure accurate?
Esther Hockett says:
Thanks for the wonderful teacher discounts.
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joyce grotta says:
Do these discounts apply for retires?
VIVIAN SANCHEZ says:
i THINK EVERYONE WHO WORKS WITH CHILDREN IN A SCHOOL SHOULD ALSO GET THE BENEFITS, WITHOUT SUPPORT STAFF YOU CANT WORK
Zoo Atlanta and Fernbank Museum of Natural History (also in Atlanta) offer discounts to educators (including homeschooling teachers) for memberships. Use either a valid id or declaration of intent form. Great list, btw!
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