Sophie Hirsh
Updated May 06, 2020 @ 11:20 am
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On Teacher Appreciation Day, who better to appreciate than your favorite TV teacher of the ’90s? That’s right—actor William Daniels has stepped back into his iconic role as Mr. Feeny in honor of the holiday, also known as National Teacher’s Day, on May 5th. His message is especially important in 2020, while teachers are coping with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Daniels (and many fans) are recirculating his heartwarming 2018 video for E! News. In it, the actor shared a message, in character as Mr. Feeny, encouraging viewers to show gratitude for their teachers.

“Today is National Teacher’s Day, and as a well-respected former educator at John Adams High, I’m here to encourage you to show some appreciation for the unsung heroes that help shape the future generations,” he says in the video. “Our teachers provide us with so much. They’re there for you in your formative years, supply the knowledge you need to take on the world, and even give you unsolicited advice from behind the fence in their backyard.”

Then, Daniels adds the perfect Boy Meets World touch: “I’m talking to you, Mr. Matthews.”

For his final words of wisdom, Daniels really turned up the Feeny vibes.

“So thank your teachers today and every day. And remember: As much as you learn from them, they learn from you,” he says. Then, his final piece of advice comes in a split-screen alongside footage of Mr. Feeny saying the exact same words on Boy Meets World: “As my final piece of teacherly advice: Believe in yourselves; dream; try; do good. I love you all. Class dismissed.”

Here’s the full video:

And Feeny—er, Daniels—is right. For all they do for us, teachers make an average yearly salary of $56,420. Which, isn’t all that much when we think of just how hard most teachers work and how much they contribute.

So if you’re currently wondering how to thank your teacher for Teacher Appreciation Day, you may want to start with just that—saying thank you. It’s not too late! You can even thank a teacher through a note or email if saying it in person doesn’t feel comfortable. They’ll appreciate it more than you can imagine. Trust us.