Movie Teachers We Wish We Had

STAND AND DELIVER

His working-class Latino students are kids that society's already written off. Wanting them to see their own potential and abilities, math teacher Jaime Escalante transforms them from high-risk dropouts to AP Calculus aces that score so well, the exam board accuses them of cheating. Based on a true story, Stand and Deliver is the story of how teaching calculus translated into discovering confidence and brighter futures.

DEAD POETS SOCIETY

"O Captain, my captain!" Robin Williams gives one of the most touching performances of his career as Mr. Keating, a truly passionate English teacher that teaches his ambitious prep school students that love, poetry, and beauty are essential parts of life. In an inspiring and tragic story, his students learn to value authentic emotion and knowledge.

MATILDA

Her name is literally Miss Honey and she invites poor, abused Matilda to her little cottage for tea, gives her books to fuel the little genius's appetite for learning, and is all-around a warm, loving presence in Matilda's otherwise cold life. What's not to like?

GOOD WILL HUNTING

Just watch this scene.

TO SIR, WITH LOVE

Sidney Poitier brings silent strength and determined intensity to his role as a young man that, while waiting for an engineering job, becomes a teacher in a poor area of London for a year. As both a black man and authority figure, he faces extreme challenges and even violence from his wild and rowdy students. However, his insistence of mutual respect and treating them like adults gradually garners their trust and affection.

HARRY POTTER

Strict and tough yet fiercely loyal and protective, Professor Minerva McGonagall blends high academic standards, devotion to her students and school, and excellent alliteration.

MEAN GIRLS

Sharon Norbury is a pusher, she pushes people to do better and be better. Cady dives headfirst into the materialistic and back-stabbing world of The Plastics, but Ms. Norbury is there to bring her back to Earth, even after Cady's betrayal.

MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS

Seeking to compose his classical masterpiece, musician Glenn Holland takes up teaching under the assumption that it would give him lots of free time. Years go by and his opus is still unwritten, but he's inspired generations of students. Mr. Holland realizes that teaching has become more than just his day job—it's become a true passion that touches both his and his students' lives.

And a shoutout to the classically monotone "bad" movie teacher, the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.