50 Culturally Relevant Teachers


We’ve already copped to being jealous of all the kids who are headed back to school in the coming weeks. And while we previously waxed nostalgic over school supplies, today we’re fondly remembering that epic, make-or-break moment when you found out whose class you were going to be in each year. Would your teacher be someone who would inspire you, or would they conspire to make your life a living hell? After the jump, meet 50 of the most culturally relevant teachers we could round up, and be sure to add anyone who we’ve missed in the comments.

1. Miss Bliss in Good Morning, Miss Bliss/Saved by the Bell

2. Mark Thackeray in To Sir, with Love

3. Miss Viola Swamp in Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

4. Mr. Feeny in Boy Meets World

5. Miss Farrell in Mad Men

6. Sister Mary Clarence in Sister Act 2

7. Miss Temple in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

8. Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter series

9. Charlie Moore in Head of the Class

10. John Keating in Dead Poets Society

11. Miss Frizzle in the Magic School Bus books

12. Vic Racine in My So-Called Life

13. Yoda in the Star Wars series

14. Louanne Johnson in Dangerous Minds

15. Nicholas Nickleby in Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

16. Edna Krabappel in The Simpsons

17 & 18. Mr. Hall and Miss Geist in Clueless

19. Mrs. Gorf in the Sideways books by Louis Sachar

20. Joe Louis Clark in Lean on Me

21. Coach Graham Lubbock in Growing Pains/Just the Ten of Us

22. Mr. Schuester in Glee

23. Professor Lambeau in Good Will Hunting

24. Mr. Chips in Goodbye, Mr. Chips

25. Ms. Rain in Precious

26. Miss Honey in Matilda

27. Mr. Kimble in Kindergarten Cop

28. Lily Aldrin in How I Met Your Mother

29. Dewey Finn in School of Rock

30. Miss Shields in A Christmas Story

31. Señor Ben Chang in Community

32. Mr. Hand in Fast Times at Ridgemont High

33. Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls

34. Grant Wiggins in A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

35. Jim McAllister in Election

36. Sam Coulson in Never Been Kissed

37. Veronica Vaughn in Billy Madison

38. Mr. Anthony DeMartino in Daria

39. Angie in Skins

40. Professor Grady Tripp in Wonder Boys

41. Mr. Garrison in South Park

42. Mr. Bixler in My Girl

43. Mr. Cooper in Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper

44. Dan Dunne in Half Nelson

45. Timofey Pavlovich Pnin in Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov

46. The anonymous teacher in Charlie Brown

47. Coach Fredricks in Freaks and Geeks

48. Miss Wingo in Doug

49. Richard Dadier in Blackboard Jungle

50. Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off