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23rd Apr '16 8:02:19 AM ironballs16
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** In ''Boy Meets World'' there was an episode when they were in college where they had a "cool" young professor, played by Fred Savage (Ben's [[RealLifeRelative real-life older brother]]). This episode kind of questions the trope because the professor doesn't respect boundaries--he tries to sleep with Topanga.

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** In ''Boy Meets World'' there was an episode when they were in college where they had a "cool" young professor, played by Fred Savage (Ben's [[RealLifeRelative real-life older brother]]). This episode kind of questions the trope because the professor doesn't respect boundaries--he boundaries -- [[HotForStudent he tries to sleep with Topanga.Topanga]].
22nd Apr '16 7:46:19 AM BulletproofLlama
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** Miss Grotke's a pretty cool teacher herself as well.

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** Miss Grotke's a pretty cool teacher herself as well. She has a relaxed approach to life, meditates on a regular basis and was revealed in one episode to [[spoiler: perform magic shows for the elderly.]] Also in [[RecessSchoolsOut the movie]], she's also not afraid to [[spoiler: unleash her [[BewareTheNiceOnes martial arts skills on anyone]] who [[MamaBear threatens her students]].]]
20th Apr '16 7:14:17 AM Hanz
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with Mr. Cartmanez.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with Mr. Cartmanez.Cartmanez, in which Cartman acts like Mr. Escalante from Stand and Deliver to try to teach inner-city kids how to cheat in tests.
3rd Apr '16 4:59:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* Rod Belding from ''{{Saved by the Bell}}''. Later subverted when it turns out how much of a flake Rod is, willing to ditch his students on a field trip to have a date with a stewardess. Mr Belding tried to be the cool teacher, but was generally the ReasonableAuthorityFigure. It was only when a third party entered the scene that Belding would team up with his students and let his CoolTeacher flag fly.
* A repeated sketch in ArmstrongAndMiller (the {{Channel 4}} version) spoofed this. The skits starred a really CoolTeacher who would use his unorthodox teaching method and passion to teach life lessons and make sure his students get the most out of their education... until the bell would ring, at which point he would become the ultimate ApatheticTeacher, immediately pulling out a newspaper, sitting down and telling his students to "fuck off", in the process completely abandoning or even directly ''contradicting'' whatever message he'd been trying to teach mere seconds ago.

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* Rod Belding from ''{{Saved ''Series/{{Saved by the Bell}}''. Later subverted when it turns out how much of a flake Rod is, willing to ditch his students on a field trip to have a date with a stewardess. Mr Belding tried to be the cool teacher, but was generally the ReasonableAuthorityFigure. It was only when a third party entered the scene that Belding would team up with his students and let his CoolTeacher flag fly.
* A repeated sketch in ArmstrongAndMiller ''Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow'' (the {{Channel 4}} version) spoofed this. The skits starred a really CoolTeacher who would use his unorthodox teaching method and passion to teach life lessons and make sure his students get the most out of their education... until the bell would ring, at which point he would become the ultimate ApatheticTeacher, immediately pulling out a newspaper, sitting down and telling his students to "fuck off", in the process completely abandoning or even directly ''contradicting'' whatever message he'd been trying to teach mere seconds ago.



* Dr. Dupree in ''TheFamousJettJackson'' has elements of this. He seems to be your typical English teacher, but he does, on occasion, do something fun. In one episode, Jett screws up royally with his family, at school (by reading Poe's ''Raven'' to a rap beat, causing Dupree to shut him down and claim he's disrespecting the author), and friends. He then appears to end up in a GroundhogDayLoop. On his third iteration, he manages to get everything right. Then it turns out to have been AllJustADream, except the first iteration, naturally. Except that things actually get better. His friend is no longer pissed at him, realizing he was right. His great-grandmother and his father admit they overreacted. At school, Dr. Dupree also admits that Jett's "performance" wasn't as bad as he initially thought. In his mind, Jett tried to mix Poe's poetry with the "urban poetry of rap", which was very popular with the students.
* Inverted with the Mr. Goodman character of ''SoRandom''. His attempts at being cool usually result in bodily harm, and his students awkwardly asking for him to teach them normally.

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* Dr. Dupree in ''TheFamousJettJackson'' ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson'' has elements of this. He seems to be your typical English teacher, but he does, on occasion, do something fun. In one episode, Jett screws up royally with his family, at school (by reading Poe's ''Raven'' to a rap beat, causing Dupree to shut him down and claim he's disrespecting the author), and friends. He then appears to end up in a GroundhogDayLoop. On his third iteration, he manages to get everything right. Then it turns out to have been AllJustADream, except the first iteration, naturally. Except that things actually get better. His friend is no longer pissed at him, realizing he was right. His great-grandmother and his father admit they overreacted. At school, Dr. Dupree also admits that Jett's "performance" wasn't as bad as he initially thought. In his mind, Jett tried to mix Poe's poetry with the "urban poetry of rap", which was very popular with the students.
* Inverted with the Mr. Goodman character of ''SoRandom''.''Series/SoRandom''. His attempts at being cool usually result in bodily harm, and his students awkwardly asking for him to teach them normally.
3rd Mar '16 4:25:25 PM mcgrew
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* Mr. Freddy Shoop in ''Summer School''. Maybe a little too cool at times, but enforced in that he's just the gym teacher who was forced to teach remedial English or lose his job.
* Jaime Escalante, from ''StandAndDeliver'', which is based on an awesome true story (see Real Life, below).

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* Mr. Freddy Shoop in ''Summer School''.''Film/SummerSchool''. Maybe a little too cool at times, but enforced in that he's just the gym teacher who was forced to teach remedial English or lose his job.
* Jaime Escalante, from ''StandAndDeliver'', ''Film/StandAndDeliver'', which is based on an awesome true story (see Real Life, below).
3rd Mar '16 4:23:20 PM mcgrew
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* Glen Holland of ''Film/Mr. Holland's Opus.'' Could be considered a reconstruction because he initially sees teaching as a "fallback"--a way to earn money to finance his composing. He quickly learns to care for the kids and love his job.
* Deloris Van Cartier becomes this in ''Film/Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.'' She's asked to go undercover as the music teacher at an inner-city Catholic school [[SaveOurStudents on the verge of closure]], discovers the students can sing, and [[spoiler: turns them into a competition-winning choir, simultaneously convincing the local diocese to keep the school open.]]
* In ''Temple Grandin,'' Temple has one of these, a science teacher named Mr. Carloch. He is the first teacher to see Temple as "different, not less," and encourage her gifts. He also sticks up for her when other teachers ridicule her and want to fail her because of the problems she has in some subjects due to autism/Asperger's. Temple stays in touch with Carloch after high school and even [[spoiler: comes to his funeral.]]

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* Glen Holland of ''Film/Mr. Holland's Opus.'' ''Film/Film/MrHollandsOpus''. Could be considered a reconstruction because he initially sees teaching as a "fallback"--a way to earn money to finance his composing. He quickly learns to care for the kids and love his job.
* Deloris Van Cartier becomes this in ''Film/Sister ''[[Film/SisterAct Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.Habit]].'' She's asked to go undercover as the music teacher at an inner-city Catholic school [[SaveOurStudents on the verge of closure]], discovers the students can sing, and [[spoiler: turns them into a competition-winning choir, simultaneously convincing the local diocese to keep the school open.]]
* In ''Temple Grandin,'' ''Film/TempleGrandin'', Temple has one of these, a science teacher named Mr. Carloch. He is the first teacher to see Temple as "different, not less," and encourage her gifts. He also sticks up for her when other teachers ridicule her and want to fail her because of the problems she has in some subjects due to autism/Asperger's. Temple stays in touch with Carloch after high school and even [[spoiler: comes to his funeral.]]
16th Feb '16 6:12:01 AM skidoo23
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** Clara Oswald has become one in "Day of the Doctor". She teaches English, has a motorbike, is young and pretty and fashionable, and time travels.

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** Clara Oswald has become became one in as of "Day of the Doctor". She teaches English, has a motorbike, is young and pretty and fashionable, and time travels.travels (occasionally regaling her students with stories about her adventures, like that one time she found out how good a kisser Jane Austen was...). And she even calls her students "amateurs" for even thinking about asking for homework. Oh, and she occasionally gets called out of class by a secret paramilitary organization and the prime minister.
15th Feb '16 12:53:52 AM Anddrix
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* Mr. Arthur from ''Film/TheDuff''. Though a tad eccentric, he's the only teacher who doesn't hate his students, lust after them, or overreact to every little thing. He's even cool enough to brush it off when Bianca tells him to eat a dick when she mistakes him for another student who was going to tease her.
7th Dec '15 8:13:50 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks is considered the most popular teacher at Madison High.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Miss Brooks is considered the most popular teacher at Madison High.
30th Nov '15 4:10:23 AM fearlessnikki
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* Erin Gruwell of ''Film/FreedomWriters''. Charged with teaching a class full of 'untouchable' students, she eventually encourages them to come together. When the school refuses to give the class new books, Erin works a second job to be able to pay for them herself. The students are inspired by her to fundraise for none other than Miep Gies[[note]]The lady who hid Anne Frank from the Gestappo[[/note]] to visit the class.


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** A few teachers are this from specific students' perspectives. For example Hermione greatly admires Professor [=McGonagall=], and over time Harry comes to as well. Lavender and Parvati are likewise in awe of Professor Trelawney - though Harry personally thinks she's nuts.
* ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' has Miss Edmunds. In a school that forces boring conformity, she as the music teacher is the only one who influences Jess and Leslie's creative sides. In the film she's played by Creator/ZooeyDeschanel who takes this and runs with it.


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* Although we don't see too much of her in action, Mary Margaret from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is the one positive influence in Henry's life - and gave him his fairy tale book as a way of encouraging his imagination. Of course in her past life she was Snow White - princess and LadyOfWar - taking this trope to a new level.
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