A teacher's job is hard. Sometimes, I often wonder why they even chose that profession... Imagine, noisy, naughty children that you have to deal with every single day, and no matter how much you try to make them a little less noisy, they'll still be as noisy as people in a fish market.
Also going to a class with a majority of naughty kids vs. behaved kids (my classmates and I are so guilty of that) and most of them not even getting a high salary despite their intense workloads! And then, I think to myself, that maybe they chose this because it's more than just a job. It's a passion - a calling.
So in honor of World Teacher's Day, here are some of my favorite TV and movie teachers who not only inspired their students, but also a generation of viewers as well.
1. Professor McGonagall
Potter, I will assist you to become an Auror if it is the last thing I do! If I have to coach you nightly, I will make sure you achieve the required results!
(Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix)
Professor Minerva McGonagall also celebrated her birthday on October 4th (Happy Birthday!) and I think we can all agree that she's one of the best Hogwarts teachers ever. She's strict when it comes to her Transfiguration subject (well it's really quite hard) and she's a perfectionist too. However, know that when she criticizes you, she only wants you to succeed like any good teacher would.
Unlike that ugly pink toad (Looking at you, Umbridge).
My sixth grade English teacher and my second year Filipino teacher share the same teaching qualities with Prof. McGonagall and I'm eternally grateful to them for pushing me to my limits.
2. Ms. Norbury
Possibly the best high school Math teacher ever. Yep, and she's pushy as hell too.
“I'm a pusher Cady, I'm a pusher.”
... Don't be. You can do this. There's nothing to break your focus, because not one of those Marymount boys is cute.
The limit does not exist to this woman, and you and I both know that she'll also take no sh*t from anyone.
A shoutout to my high school Math teachers for possibly rivaling Ms. Norbury's Mathematics teaching strategy. I'm sorry if I still can't get through Math without napping though.
3. Walter White
Volumetric flask is for general mixing and titration. You wouldn't apply heat to a volumetric flask. That's what a boiling flask is for. Did you learn nothing from my chemistry class?
I seriously understood the fundamentals of Chemistry better from Mr. White - though he turned to a life of crime - than I did from my own chemistry teachers. You can't deny that you'd want him as a Science teacher because he's a badass and all that.
Now a massive thank you to all my former Science teachers and particularly to my fifth grade Science teacher whose lessons, advice and overall badassery have stuck with me 'til now.
4. Dewey Finn
[on sticking it to "The Man"] Yes! But, you can't just say it, man. You've gotta feel it in your blood and guts! If you wanna rock, you gotta break the rules. You gotta get mad at the man! And right now, I'm the man. That's right, I'm the man, and who's got the guts to tell me off? Huh? Who's gonna tell me off?
An awesome, creative, total rock 'n' roll badass. No words.
My former MAPEH (Music, Arts, PE, Health) teacher is like a very calm and toned down version of Jack Black in this movie - a new teacher that eventually became the class favorite for their fresh perspective and spontaneous way of teaching.
5. Ms. Honey
The human brain is an amazing thing.
"Miss Jennifer Honey was a mild and quiet person who never raised her voice and was seldom seen to smile, but there is no doubt she possessed that rare gift for being adored by every small child under her care."
Anyone who's seen the 1996 movie Matilda definitely wished they could have Ms. Honey as a teacher. She's smart, beautiful, nice, fun, encouraging and kind.
I for one, had a very similar teacher (I was in kindergarten though), and like Ms. Honey she became the principal of our school. So everyday in the years 2003-2005, I would imagine myself as Matilda and my favorite teacher as Ms. Honey.
This concludes part 1 of my World Teacher's Day tribute. I salute every hardworking great teacher out there for always doing your best, and for helping shape your students into intelligent and morally upright people. You are all superheroes in your own right, and thank you all so much.