Terrific Teachers from Literature, TV and Film: Part 2

Fall is here, which means it’s the time of year that HPB says thank you to educators. Educator Appreciation Weekend starts today, during that time teachers and librarians nationwide can shop their local HPB and save an extra 20% on their purchase by signing up for or renewing an Educator Discount Card. This deal is good through Monday, 10/13, plus educators can use the card all year long for a recurring 10% discount!

As a child of two members of the education system myself, all this talk about teachers got me thinking about some of the best examples I’ve encountered on the silver screen, the tube or in a book. We’ve visited this topic before, so if you’d like to see our first Top 10 list, click here. Otherwise, read on for even more great picks!

1. Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

No teacher list would be complete without Mister Rogers. Kids of all ages grew up learning from this man. After all, the show ran for 30+ years! It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…


2. Mr. Belding, Saved By the Bell

Technically a principal, not a teacher…but if, like me, you grew up with the students of Bayside High, then you know Mr. Belding deserves our praise.



3. Edna Krabappel, The Simpsons

Anyone who can put up with Bart Simpson for 20+ years has my respect. At least Ms. Krabappel taught Bart a lesson or two…hundred (see the chalkboard at the start of each episode).



4. Cameron Tucker, Modern Family

From dressing up as George Washington to making an orchestra with his students’ own bodies, Cam always goes above and beyond…and then a little further. But he means well.


5. Severus Snape, Harry Potter

Professor Snape is complex, and there are many great Harry Potter professors, but I picked Snape. After all, we all had that one teacher who we hated at the time but truly appreciate later on.



6. Tim Gunn, Project Runway

Tim Gunn has helped aspiring designers “Make it work!” for more than 30 years, the past 10 of which on TV. No teacher has more patience, understanding and concern for his students.



7. Dewey Finn, School of Rock

Every school has a substitute teacher with a slightly different educational perspective. Dewey is no different, helping his students embrace their inner creative talent.


8. Four, Divergent

Instructing Tris and the other transfer initiates, Four is brave and bold, while still having a sensitive side. Interestingly, it seems that Four learns just as much from Tris as he teaches her.



9. Ms. Frizzle, The Magic School Bus

From her wicked sense of style to her unparalleled sense of adventure, Ms. Frizzle is iconic, leading her band of students (and us as well) to a world they could have never imagined.



10. Mr. Miyagi, The Karate Kid

Mr. Miyagi leads through action and skill, not just words. Though he certainly knows how to make a point: “No such thing as bad student, only bad teacher. Teacher say, student do.”



What do you think? Who’s your favorite educator?

Jason is Email Marketing Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow him on Twitter at @jasonapermenter.

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