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Teachers of my dreams

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So many teachers at school have given me passion for learning and stirred up my interest in science. However, teachers exist throughout our lives that aren’t from school. Parents, aunts, uncles, friends and other role models teach us useful lessons and information all the time. Television and movies hold some of the most famous teachers that have been speaking to viewers for years. Here are just a few of these characters that have taught thousands of people important lessons through their roles in movies and television shows.



“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.” – Albus Dumbledore

Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)

Albus Dumbledore was that teacher that everyone wished for in class. First, he’s a wizard, so that’s awesome. Second, he has that wise and mysterious side of him. Whenever Dumbledore is on screen, he always impacts the outcome of the story. His words are never pointless. He captures everyone’s attention because he has earned it. I would love to be in class with Dumbledore. Think about it. He would walk into the room. Students would go quiet. Then, he smiles and begins talking about griffins or whatever he teaches.

In the “Harry Potter” series, Dumbledore is a teacher to the characters and readers. He reminds us to not look at what others would label us, but to choose your own fate. Never forget that “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”


Indiana Jones

“I don’t know, I’m makin’ this up as I go.” –Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones)

While we normally see him in his adventurous archaeological expeditions, Indiana Jones must have been an awesome college professor. He actually goes out and finds the mysteries hiding within the earth. His class would be fantastic.

I would be on the edge of my seat every day wondering what story he would tell or wonder he would describe in detail. After class, you could go and say, “Professor Jones, can you help me research the truth about the Mayan civilization?” And of course, he would respond, “Archaeology is the search for fact, not truth. If it’s truth you’re looking for, Dr. Tyree’s philosophy class is right down the hall.”


"People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff." –The Doctor

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.” –The Doctor

The Doctor (Doctor Who)

The Doctor never fails to teach about the importance of life and exploration. He travels through time and space for goodness sake. Because of his experiences, viewers receive constant bits of wisdom such as “Books! The best weapons in the world!” Reminding people of helpful hints such as these makes the Doctor one of my favorite television characters that teaches the viewer.

I have learned a lot about the appreciation of time and everything that is occurring now. The future will think that 2014 was such a strange, foreign and intriguing time. Everything happening is different and unique. The Doctor teaches you that everyone is important. People are important, every single one. In fact, “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important before.”


Ms. Frizzle

“Well, if you don’t look, you don’t see, and what you don’t see can be very hard to find!” –Mrs. Frizzle

Ms. Frizzle (The Magic School Bus)

The classic TV teacher that you wanted was Ms. Frizzle. You don’t have to admit it. I already know it’s true. Dreaming of traveling in “The Magic School Bus” was 78 percent of your night as a kid. Ms. Frizzle always found a new adventure to go on and never let a school day be dull. From science fairs to the inside of beehives, Ms. Frizzle always made learning fun.

With her quirky dresses that have pictures that move and lizard sidekick, class was always a blast. With Ms. Frizzle, learning was like it should be. Students would “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy.”



“Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not.” –Yoda

Yoda (Star Wars)

Yoda packs a punch of truth in every out of order one liner. He is the teacher you want for a karate class. He may be small, but he could take down someone 12 times his size. Yoda is the teacher that will teach you everything he wants you to learn, everything that you want to learn and then everything was actually required in that order.

He was the best teacher in “Star Wars.” Obi-Wan Kenobi was too cocky. Qui-Gon Jinn was too wishy-washy. Yoda was the teacher that trained students with patience and focus instead of speed and passion. Just remember if you want to train with Yoda, “Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”


We have all learned from at least one of these teachers. It’s funny how some lessons are learned when we are not intending to learn them. But, for everything that these teachers have shown us, the actual teachers in your life have given so much more of themselves to helping you. Give your teachers a thank you for all they do. Actually, give them a thank you and a Starbucks gift card. They deserve it.

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