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Fictional Teachers We All Love

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world” (John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society, 1989). It’s World Book Day so we thought we’d combine the love of fiction and our admiration of teachers. We’ve brought together some fabulous and dedicated fictional teachers who we remember fondly and quite possibly inspired some of us to be teachers or work in education.

Those who inspire

  • Muriel Stacy from Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Loved and admired by all Miss Stacy encouraged her students to look for new horizons.

  • Mr Chipping from Goodbye Mr Chips by James Hilton

Much loved schoolteacher, who over overcomes his rigid personality to have a wonderful career as an educator.

  • John Keating in Dead Poets Society played by Robin Williams

A passionate English teacher, who used unorthodox teaching methods, and attempted to empower his students and help them find their voice.

Those who aren’t really teachers but we love anyway

  • Detective John Kimble in Kindergarten Cop played by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnie seems to meet his match as a bumbling and clueless Kindergarten teacher. However, he applies his police training and slowly wins over the children.

  • Dewey Finn in School of Rock played by Jack Black

A wannabe rockstar who poses as a supply teacher and gets a class of music students to lighten up and rock out, and he discovers a little about himself in the process.

  • Mr Miyagi in The Karate Kid played by Pat Morita

“Wax on... Wax off...”. That’s all you need to know.


Those which life wouldn’t be the same without

  • Miss Honey from Matilda by Roald Dahl

Sweet, sensitive and adored by all, Miss Honey is the perfect teacher.

  • Ms Frizzle – Magic School Bus

Always laughing and smiling Ms Frizzle uses unusual and magical ways to teach science.

  • Professor Dumbledore from the Harry Potter collection by JK Rowling

Noble, never proud and never vain, Professor Dumbledore is a teacher who we can’t help but look up to.


Remember we are running a photo competition for World Book Day. Simply send in a photo of yourself dressed up as your favourite book character on the day via Protocol Education’s Facebook, Twitter (@ProtocolEd) or email (

We will be picking the very best and giving away £20 Waterstone’s Book vouchers to the top 3 entries.


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Category: Australian Teachers

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