Are there ways I can praise God for those people in my life who bless my spirit, either teachers or friends?
The Bible instructs us to set our minds on all things worthy of praise:
Therefore, we see no reason we cannot praise the good works of others as a means of encouraging them. On the other hand, if we are directing our thanks to God for someone, then we should praise God for them. This was Paul's pattern too:
Paul thanked God for the Church of Philippi, and this should be your pattern as well. As you consider those you appreciate, thank the Lord for their work, since He is the One equipping and guiding them in that work for your sake.