The 40 Best Fictional Teachers | Best Movie Teachers | Best TV Teachers


Professor Jennings, Animal House

Yeah, the pot-smoking professor isn’t exactly a good example, but at least

he’s honest. He freely admits he finds Milton as boring as his students do.

Miss Harris, The Great Gilly Hopkins

With the help of her patient sixth grade teacher, Gilly breaks down prejudices, excels in school, and learns that her real name-Galadriel-comes from Lord of the Rings!

Mr. Kotter, Welcome Back Kotter

You can’t go back and fix your own childhood, but Mr. Kotter comes closer than most of us ever will when he returns to his roots to teach the “unteachable” Sweathogs.

Johnny Castle, Dirty Dancing

Sure, he’s not a teacher in the traditional sense. But when he declares that ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner,’ we think he teaches Jennifer Grey waaay more than any textbook could.

Mr. Holland, Mr. Holland’s Opus

After his music program’s been canceled, Mr. Holland discovers his former students have learned the notes to a symphony he’s been writing for more than 30 years. Now that’s an act of love.

Mr. Cooper, Hanging with Mr. Cooper

Funny and laidback, Mr. Cooper is the substitute teacher we all wish we had.

Economics Teacher, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Young Ben Stein isn’t particularly inspirational, but he does give an anthem to class-cutters everywhere with his monotone role call: “Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”

Andie Bergstrom, Space Camp

When their spaceship accidentally lifts off, NASA instructor Andie Bergstrom doesn’t just teach her kids science; she teaches them how to stay alive.

Dewey Finn, School of Rock

Sure, he’s a tad self-motivated, but rocker Dewey Finn recognizes his kids’ musical talent and transforms them into a band, complete with rock history lessons.

Miss McKay, Mighty Ducks

A tutor that covers as a make-shift hockey coach when Gordon Bombay bails? Now that’s the kind of lady we want enlightening our youth.

Charles Xavier, X-Men

He promotes mutant rights, he’s the go-to man for the Marvel Superhero community; he’s a visionary and promoter of peace. Need we say more?

Jaime Escalante, Stand and Deliver

Despite skeptics who warn Mr. Escalante he “can’t teach logarithms to illiterates,” he has his students doing A.P. calculus by the end of the year.

Mrs. Jewls, Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Compared to Wayside School’s other quirky faculty, sweet Mrs. Jewls and her tub of tootsie pops seem downright normal.

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