Five Best Fictional Teachers

By Astrid Perez

Say goodbye to summer days at the beach, late night adventures with your friends, and waking up at 12 in the afternoon because school is back in session! The start of a new semester means getting out of the carefree summer mindset and back to hitting the books for 16 long weeks. Don’t let another long and tedious semester bring you down! This year, get inspired by some of pop culture's most inspirational teachers.  

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Mrs. Norbury - “Mean Girls”

“I know having a boyfriend might seem like the only thing important to you right now, but you don't have to dumb yourself down in order for a guy to like you.”

She’s a pusher. She pushes people. The 12th grade calculus math teacher at North Shore High School gave her students an awkward first impression after spilling coffee all over her blouse, but throughout the movie she was always there to help her students, especially the girls. She teaches the girls to kindly work out their issues rather than fighting and bringing each other down. 


Professor McGonagall - “Harry Potter” Series

“We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.”

 The Headmistress at Hogwarts may seem cold and intimidating by how strict she was in the classroom, but she was actually a big softie who cared for all of her students and did everything she could to protect them. 


Miss Frizzle - “The Magic School Bus”

“Take chances, make mistakes, get messy.”

Learning from a textbook can get a little boring, but luckily for her students, that was never a problem. Miss Frizzle, along with her magic school bus, made learning fun and exciting. 

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Katherine Ann Watson - “Mona Lisa Smile”

“Look beyond paint. Let us try to open our minds to a new idea.”

The young professor at Wellesley College teaches us that not everything in life can be learned from a textbook. Katherine taught her students at the all women's college that there is more to life than looking for a husband, and encourages her students to pursue their dreams.  


Mr. Ratburn - “Arthur” 

“Once you learn good work habits you will discover you’re capable of more than you think.”

The third grade teacher at Elwood Elementary is known for being the toughest and scariest teacher at the school, according to the students. He’s strict and assigns too much homework. However, throughout the show, he has proven that he is friendly and cares about his students by coaching them in sports and other activities outside of school.