According to the New York Times in 2016, 94% of public school teachers spent their own money on classroom supplies. Extra paper, crayons, prize box fillers, classroom decor, etc., can add up. If you’re like many teachers, we’re sure that you incur a lot of additional expenses throughout the year. If you are a teacher in an underserved district, you might be spending a lot more of your own cash in order to help students who don’t have enough money to buy their own supplies. Plus, now that we’re back in the classroom again, you likely have to ditch those yoga pants for some real work clothes. Thankfully, there are a number of stores that offer teacher discounts. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites. (Make sure you scroll to the end for a really cool find!)

Disclaimer: PLS Classes is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the brands below.

Ann Taylor Loft

Anyone considering an upgrade to their school wardrobe should head to Ann Taylor Loft. The store offers a 15% discount on full-price items for educators. Like the other retailers listed here, you will need to join their teacher’s program to take advantage of this discount.

Barnes & Noble

Another great deal for teachers is Barnes & Noble’s educator discount. This discount gives you up to 25% off your purchase at Barnes & Noble, online or in-store, throughout the year. Special appreciation days offer additional discounts. Barnes & Noble also has a new platform educators and administrators can rely on to access an extensive selection of top-selling books and materials, bringing the ease of browsing a Barnes & Noble bookcase to your schools and classrooms.

JoAnn Fabrics

JoAnn Fabrics offers all educators who shop with them a 15% discount. All you need to do is enroll in the teacher discount program online. Once you sign up, you’ll get 15% off your entire purchases every day of the year.

J Crew

J Crew is another clothing retailer that offers a 15% discount to teachers and college students. Some exclusions apply, but it is available online or in-store.

Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning is another resource frequently used by early childhood and elementary teachers. Educators can receive 15% off on certain in-store purchases. They also provide discounted lamination services. When you register for the free loyalty club, you’ll also get regular coupons and discount notifications too.


Michael’s offers teachers a 15% discount on their entire purchase, including sale items. You will need to create Michael’s rewards account and verify your teaching status online. After that, you are ready to start reaping your rewards. When you provide your email or phone number at checkout, you will automatically receive the discount.

Museums and Zoos

Local museums and zoos also frequently offer discounts to educators. In some cases, the establishment may even offer teachers free admission. To learn which attractions near you offer this kind of discount, check out their website.

Office Depot

Office Depot has a Star Teachers Program. After joining, teachers receive 10% back in rewards for ink, toner, and paper purchases. You can also receive 1% back on most other purchases available in-store. Office Depot and Office Max also have programs that allow you to send 5% of all purchases made back to your school.


Staples offers a handful of resources for teachers. Become a Teacher Rewards Member and receive 5% cashback on most purchases, excluding gift cards, phone cards, postage, or savings passes. Any time you use your rewards membership to buy teaching or art supplies, you receive an additional 5% back. Staples will also reward teachers if they register their classroom lists at their stores.

Vineyard Vines

Vineyard Vines apparel company is another retailer that offers educators a 15% discount. You will need to verify your teaching status. Once you’re all set, you can enjoy 15% off everything.

Want More? Check out the ID.Me Teacher Shop Shop is the central hub for exploring the latest discounts and deals from 4,000+ brands. Go through the identification process one time and you’ll see a plethora of retailers that offer discounts to educators such as Nike, Samsung, and Blue Apron to name a few. The discounts also work for students, first responders, medical personnel, and more. (View a full list here.) Happy Shopping!

PLS Classes is eager to help educators achieve their highest potential by making the right resources available. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you!

If you are a brand or store that offers discounts to educators and would like to be included on this list, please email Jennifer Jordan at

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