Fictional Teachers We Want to Study With

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As you’re getting ready to go back to school, you’re probably facing a year full of brand-new teachers. Some of them will turn out to be awesome, and others . . . not so much. New teachers can definitely be a little scary, and it got us thinking about some of our favorite fictional educators.

There are some amazing teachers in pop culture, and they’re way cooler than anyone we had in high school. Check out our list of fictional teachers we’d love to study with and vote for your favorite below! Which teachers would you be most thrilled to find sitting behind a desk in your first class? Let us know in the comments!

Magic School Bus, ScholasticMs. Frizzle

 The Magic School Bus

Ms. Frizzle is the original cool teacher. Raise your hands: How many of you dreamed of walking into your third grade class to be whisked off on an adventure to outer space or through the human body? Ms. Frizzle’s got a totally hands-on approach — even if you might die on one of her adventures, hey, at least you’re learning!



Matilda, Embeth DavidtzMiss Honey


Also an elementary school teacher, Miss Honey’s as sweet as her name suggests. She’s an awesome advocate for her students, even standing up to the horrible Ms. Trunchbull to protect them. Also, she’s every smart kid’s dream: She lets Matilda read anything she wants during class. We’re so jealous.



Boy Meets WorldMr. Feeny

Boy Meets World

Everyone needs a teacher like Mr. Feeny. He’s definitely a nice guy, but he’s not afraid to get you into trouble if it means teaching you some valuable life lessons. Seriously, Shawn, Cory, and Topanga would never have made it through the sixth grade without him.



Harry Potter, David ThewlissProfessor Lupin

 Harry Potter

Lupin’s basically the only Defense Against the Dark Arts professor who isn’t a) insane or b) evil. He actually teaches Harry important things, from how to fend off a boggart to how to defeat dementors. Plus, he has the troublemaking experience of the Weasley twins and the stealth of a wolf. This guy’s the whole package!



Paul Rudd, The Perks of Being a WallflowerBill

 The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Sign number one of a cool teacher: He lets you call him by his first name. Bill serves as a great mentor to Charlie, who, let’s face it, is desperately in need of a little guidance. He’s a good teacher and he’s got amazing taste in books — what’s not to love?



Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Anthony HeadGiles

 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Giles is always there for Buffy. He’s technically a librarian, but he basically teaches Buffy more than any of our teachers put together. Um, also, he’s also a VAMPIRE HUNTER. Come on, just imagine if one of your teachers turned out to casually slay supernatural creatures in his spare time.



Which of these teachers would you learn the most from? Vote now! Did we leave out some of your faves? Let us know which ones we missed in the comments!

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39 thoughts on “Fictional Teachers We Want to Study With

  1. My second grade teacher was called Ms. Frenzel, and I remember being SO FREAKING EXCITED that her name was so close to Ms. Frizzle.

  2. Whoa, totally thought Bill would get more votes. No surprise that Lupin’s in the lead. But I’m on Giles’ team! (And he sings really well, if anyone’s ever seen the musical Buffy episode.)

  3. How did Chiron not make the list? Who wouldn’t want an awesome Latin teacher who turns out to be a centaur? Not to mention the fact that he is also the teacher/trainer at a Greek Hero’s camp!

  4. “O Captain! My Captain!” My vote would go for Mr. John Keating!!!!!!!! Though I voted for Remus Lupin from the list. Potterhead till the day I die. 🙂

  5. WHERE. IS. BILL ON THE HIGH MARKS? He was amazing! O.O Hopefully in my new school, I can find a teacher like him. Wise and very very sweet. Love all the teachers though. <3

  6. i voted for lupin but really all of the hogwarts teachers are amazing: dumbledore, mcgonagall, SNAPE, hagrid, sprout, flitwick, trelawney…

  7. So many great teachers, I can’t pick just one! ;w;
    It’ll probably have to be the Frizz, though. I loved that show when I was a kid, and it sparked my love for science, dinosaurs, and outer space.

  8. I love Harry Potter, but I’M extremely bookish. I wish I had an English teacher that would suggest books to me like Bill. Or at least care as much as him. I need a teacher who also challenges my writing an talks to me about it, not just give me Bs because it wasn’t her style and I use big words.

  9. What, no love for Ms Honey?
    I love Lupin and everything, but as a teacher, she kind-of takes the cake. Did I just manage to reference the book, why yes I did
    (Matilda fans know what I’m talking about)

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