Teachers are some of the most important people we meet. They shape our minds, introduce us to concepts and ideas, and, perhaps most importantly, they teach us how to read! Without them, a world of literature and amazing stories would never be shared with us. It is vital to recognize how significant a role teachers play in our lives, as well as the lives of our children, our friends, our politicians, our parents, etc…
So thank you teachers, thank you for being so intelligent and understanding. While fictional teachers don’t have nearly the impact that our real-life teachers have had on us, they’re still quite memorable. Some of our favorite teachers even introduced us to these fictional ones! Here are a handful of our favorite fictional educators:
Mr. Keating from The Dead Poets Society
Wonderfully portrayed by Robin Williams, Mr. Keating was the smart, understanding and passionate English teacher we all wished for as students. His practice may have been deemed unethical, but he knew exactly how to make his students care about what they were learning. He got them obsessed with poetry, after all, and made students want to come to class. What’s more impressive than that?
Ms. Norbury from Mean Girls
Math isn’t for everybody, and Ms. Norbury knew that. What she valued was her students’ success. She was one of the most down-to-earth teachers we’ve seen, understanding where they came from despite the age gap. While some teachers are completely unaware of their students’ wants and needs, Ms. Norbury was always right there with them. High-schoolers care about being cool, about cute classmates, about parties and other things adults deem trivial – which Ms. Norbury knew, but she was always compassionate. Plus, she delivered this EXCELLENT line:
“OK, so we’re all here ’cause of this book, right? Well, I don’t know who wrote this book, but you all have got to stop calling each other sluts and whores. It just makes it OK for guys to call you sluts and whores.”
Such wisdom; great point Ms. Norbury. AND SHE’S FUNNY! Ok, done obsessing.
Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus
No ‘favorite fictional teacher’ list would be complete without Ms. Frizzle. Nearly every child dreamed of hopping on her magical school bus to learn about dinosaurs, twinkling geodes, and shining stars with this kooky teacher. Besides being an excellent educator, Ms. Frizzle embraced the weird, and was all about being yourself. One our personal favorite quotes of hers: “Never say never!”
Dewey Finn from School of Rock
Dewey Finn taught us two very valuable lessons: 1. People can change for the better and 2. Self love is the most important kind of love! The best part of Finn was his positive energy and go-for-it attitude. While he started as a selfish, slightly manipulative teacher (or liar), he turned into a lovable, somewhat wise man by the end. His students absolutely loved him, and teachers admired him. Finn is an example of how no one is perfect, but that’s what makes us special!
Albus Dumbledore and Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter
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It would be impossible to choose between Dumbledore and McGonagall. They each brought something completely different to Hogwarts, but both empowered students and taught them the most valuable things in life. McGonagall is best for her witty remarks that truly taught her students a lesson (she’s a serious no bull-sh*tter), while Dumbledore was the wise, understanding headmaster of our dreams.
Miss Honey from Matilda
There has never been a more aptly named character than Miss Honey, the sweetest, most genuinely good teacher in all of literature. No, I am not being dramatic. Who doesn’t absolutely adore Miss Honey, besides Miss Trunchbull? Miss Honey is 100% devoted to her job and to the wellbeing of her children. She always chose to observe and learn from her students, rather than listen to all the bad things others may have said about them.
Well, there are so many more teachers to add to this list. Share your favorites with us!
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