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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • May 5, 2016

Seven Teachers We Appreciate From Pop Culture

How is Teacher Appreciation Week treating everyone? We love what we’re seeing around the Twitterverse. Some great stories are being shared about educators who have made a huge impact on the lives of students.

We’ve all had teachers who have made a difference in our lives. That’s one of the many things we have in common here at Chalkup. But there’s another set of educators who had a profound impact on our growth - the fictional educators from books, television, and film who inspired us as students - and that we still kind of look up to today.

Following a completely unscientific poll conducted among the Chalkup team, we’re sharing the seven fictional teachers who we greatly appreciate this week.

Severus Snape in Harry Potter


“I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses...”

The man was passionate about his craft! And talk about an educator who was willing to go above and beyond for his students.



“Always pass on what you have learned.”

Is there a more quotable educator out there than Yoda? Think not, I do.

Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls


“I know having a boyfriend might seem like the only thing important to you right now, but you don't have to dumb yourself down in order for a guy to like you.”

Ms. Norbury dropping the life advice. (Although this quote will always be second to “Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimized by Regina George.”)

John Keating in Dead Poets Society


“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

O Captain! My Captain!

Mr. Collins in The Wonder Years


"I am not your friend Mr. Arnold - I am your teacher."

A great episode of The Wonder Years featured one very tough math teacher who pushed Kevin from a C student to an A student.

Ms. Frizzle in The Magic Schoolbus


“Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”

Elementary school wouldn’t have been the same without her. The Friz was one of the first teachers to remind us that learning could - and should - be fun.

Mr. Feeny in Boy Meets World


“Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.”

I’m not crying, you’re crying.


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