12 Legendary Teachers From TV History We Will Never Forget

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There have been a lot of teacher characters in TV shows and movies over the years, and every one of them has their own unique style of teaching, their own approach to learning. Sometimes they paint an accurate picture of what it’s actually like to be a teacher, and sometimes they’re full of Hollywood, stereotypical nonsense, strictly for our entertainment. Which one of these legendary teachers do you think you’re most like in the classroom? Let us know in the comments!

1. Jessica Day | New Girl


“I brake for birds. I rock a lot of polka dots. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. I spend my entire day talking to children. And I find it fundamentally strange that you’re not a dessert person. It freaks me out.”

2. Mr. Feeny | Boy Meets World

Mr Feeny shooting plastic balls at students

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

3. John Keating | Dead Poets Society

"No matter what anybody tell you, words and ideas can change the world"

“Seize the day!”

4. Ms. Frizzle | Magic School Bus

Ms Frizzle "Can't let a bit of shrinkage spoil our run now, can we Liz?

“Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”

5. Mr. Garvey | Key & Peele

Mr Garvey pointing finger at scared student

“I taught school for 20 years in the inner city, so don’t even think about messing with me.”

6. Erin Gruwell | Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell scary yelling at students showing a piece of paper

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you tell kids they’re stupid–directly or indirectly–sooner or later they start to believe it.”

7. Professor Dumbledore | Harry Potter

Dumbledore "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times"

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

8. Annalise Keating | How to Get Away With Murder

"How to get away with murder"

“Never take a learning opportunity away from another student, no matter how smart you need everyone to think you are.”

9. Dan Dunne | Half Nelson

Ryan Gosling "Oh no, you didn't"

“The sun goes up and then it comes down, but everytime that happens what do you get? You get a new day.”

10. Edna Krabappel | The Simpsons

The Simpsons teacher "Roman numerals, et cetera, whatever, I tried."

“Now, I don’t want you to worry class. These tests will have no affect on your grades. They merely determine your future social status and financial success. If any.”

11. Walter White | Breaking Bad

Walter White setting something on fire during Chemistry class

“Technically, chemistry is the study of matter, but I prefer to see it as the study of change.”

12. Louanne Johnson | Dangerous Minds

"I will not carry myself down to die, when I go to my grave my head will be high"

“Knowledge counts but common sense matters.”

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