Roberta Guaspari, Music of the Heart
Roberta Guaspari demands her students to live up to their full potential: What starts
as struggling strings program ends at a concert in Carnegie Hall.
Mrs. Edmunds, Bridge to Terabithia
Hippie music teacher Mrs. Edmunds is a make-shift Mom to troubled Jesse; she recognizes his artistic potential; and gives him the much-needed affection his family does not.
Miss Frizzle, The Magic School Bus
The Friz, as she’s affectionately known by her students, has the best classroom motto ever: Take chances! Make mistakes! Get messy! Plus, it’s hard to compete with a school bus that’s magic.
Merlin, The Sword in the Stone
The wizard teaches squire-in-training Wart lessons about gravity, the opposite sex, and the power of flying by transforming him into animals. Where do we sign up?
Bill Rago, Renaissance Man
Anyone that uses Shakespeare to soften up a group of army brats has major teacher cojones.
Katherine Watson, Mona Lisa Smile
Feminist Miss Watson teaches the gals of Wellesley College in the 1950s an invaluable lesson: marriage and career are not mutually exclusive.
Miss Binney, Ramona the Pest
As Ramona says herself, ‘Kindergarten would not be Kindergarten without Miss Binney.’ The smiley teacher compliments Ramona’s Q’s, praises her for raising her hand, and patiently explains confusing words.
Mr. Hand, Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Proving that teachers have a sense of humor too, Mr. Hand pranks ultimate prankster Jeff Spicoli with an impromptu history lesson right before Prom.
Mr. Garrison, South Park
He’s got dozens of classroom-inappropriate issues, but he and Mr. Hat tell it like it is: “There are no stupid questions. Just stupid people.”
Christy Huddleston, Christy
Kellie Martin played an inspirational stick-to-her-guns woman who comes to teach in the Appalachian Mountains. Never heard of her? The series was sadly canceled after 20 episodes.
Mother Superior, The Trouble With Angels
Think a Catholic nun can’t possibly relate to rebellious teenage girls? Think again. Despite Mary Clancy’s repeated pranks on Mother Superior, she never gives up on her high-spirited pupil.
Professor Bhaer, Little Women
The soft-spoken professor from Germany can teach all ages. He’s the beloved tutor of Mrs. Kirke’s children and he encourages Jo March to ditch the tabloids and write from the heart.
Professor Keating, Dead Poets Society
Any professor that tears chapters out of textbooks, and actually gets his students to learn more, is one whose class we’d gladly take.
Mrs. Olinski, The View From Saturday
After being paralyzed, Mrs. Olinski loses confidence in her teaching ability. But by the time she’s ushered her Academic Team to victory, she and the students have taught each other more than a textbook ever could.
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