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10 Most Memorable Pop Culture Teachers

10 Most Memorable Pop Culture Teachers

By Jessica Sanders

Teachers, whether influential, inspirational or downright hilarious, are common roles in some of our favorite movies and television shows. Here are our 10 favorite pop culture teachers—did yours make the list?

 

Mr. Feeny, Boy Meets World

You can never forget the lovable Mr. Feeny, with more wisdom and adolescent advice than his students knew what to do with.

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Professor Snape, Harry Potter series

His tragic story is not related to teaching, but Professor Snape is undoubtedly one of the most hated—and then loved—teachers in all of film.

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Arthur Collins, The Wonder Years

This stern teacher always helped his students achieve, focusing on helping them reach their greatest math potential.

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Mark Thackery, To Sir, With Love

This engineer turned teacher quickly discovers that sometimes the most important lessons for students to learn can’t be taught from a textbook.

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Dewey Finn, School of Rock

Jack Black’s character injects a little (a lot!) bit of rock and roll into his substitute teaching and his students are never the same. Let’s just forget that he wasn’t actually a teacher, or substitute teacher, for that matter.

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Katherine Watson, Mona Lisa Smile

Katherine Watson knows that her female students are destined for greatness, and goes to great lengths to prove it.

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John Keating, Dead Poets Society

We remember him for unforgettably telling his poetry students to “sieze the day,” while inspiring them to follow their dreams.

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Will Schuester, GLEE

Chronically trying to do the right thing and help his students, Will is a teacher every educator can relate to.

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Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter series

He’s no longer in the classroom, but as Hogwarts’ headmaster, Albus Dumbledore still guides young Harry on his journey, sometimes without Harry even knowing.

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Erin Gruwell, Freedom Writers

This young, ambitious teacher is the perfect example of a new educator who wants to change the world. Despite resistance from colleagues and issues in her personal life, she finds a way to inspire her at-risk students to be tolerant and make something of themselves.

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