Created By: Bisected8August 7, 2009
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A teacher...who is cool. They motivate their students to learn (possibly in fun ways that are actually fun), laugh at the Stern Teacher and Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher behind their backs, protect their students from the Sadist Teacher and oppose the Evil Teacher and Dean Bitterman at every turn. Their consistently good results might protect them from being a Fired Teacher, but this isn't a given.

Supertrope to: Psychologist Teacher and Badass Teacher
Examples;

  • An episode of Recess had a former student (and rival of Ms. Finster) return to the school to work as a teacher. By the end of the episode he's reconciled his love of science with his aversion to being boring and became one of these.
  • Grange Hill had one of these at least once every season. The Stern Teacher headmaster even became one as he neared retirement.
  • Harry Potter has Professor Lupin in the third book (in his later appearances he was no longer a teacher) and impostor Moody in book 4. Hagrid also counted while he was care of magical creatures teacher (although his lessons got a bit dangerous) as well.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • August 6, 2009
    Silent Hunter
    • To Sir, With Love.
    • I suspect we can get some Troper Tales going for this.
  • August 6, 2009
    Lurkerbunny
  • August 6, 2009
    Shellsh0cker
    A lot of these end up being The Mentor.
  • August 6, 2009
    RL_Nice
    Troper Tales example...

    I had a World History teacher in 11th grade who put a picture of a Ninja on the cover of his review packets just because "they're awesome". He also told stories about how he used to drive to Philadelphia (I went to school on Long Island, New York) just to get a Philly Cheesesteak and how if his car were to end up on ''Pimp My Ride', they'd install an overhead projector in the back of it because he had such hardcore teacherness.
  • August 6, 2009
    Umptyscope
    Howard Hesseman's character on Head of the Class.
  • August 6, 2009
    Bisected8
    While we're on the subject, my geography/ICT teacher in secondary school was Crazy Awesome (as far as one would expect in Real Life, anyway) personified.
  • August 6, 2009
    jason taylor
    Cory had both a cool teacher and a square teacher. I forget their names though.
  • August 6, 2009
    jason taylor
    Charlie Eppes wasn't exactly "cool" but he wasn't uncool and could teach math brilliantly.
  • August 6, 2009
    random surfer
    @Umpty: Also Billy Connolly's character in Head of the Class
  • August 6, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    jason taylor: If you're talking about Boy Meets World, there was a cool teacher named Mr. Turner who I think didn't show up in later seasons, and a "square" one, Mr. Feeny, who actually turns out to be something of a cool teacher and mentor to the students himself.
  • August 6, 2009
    dotchan
  • August 6, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Ms. Frizzle. She has a pet iguana, her school bus can go anywhere in time or space, and nothing ever phases her.
  • August 6, 2009
    Bisected8
    Feel free to elaborate on the examples. Names on their own tend to attract natter.
  • August 6, 2009
    Kinitawowi
    This troper's A-level physics teacher was very much this trope - I'll provide more details to the Troper Tales page if/when this gets launched. It suffices to say the following; 1) before teaching physics he was a shrimp fisherman and, separately, a condom packer; and 2) do NOT disrupt any physics exams, or he will make you pay hard.
  • August 6, 2009
    lukebn
    We seriously didn't have this? Good catch. Sylvia Barrett, Up The Down Staircase.
  • August 6, 2009
    CastingCrowns
    Oh, come on! A list about cool teachers, and no Welcome Back, Kotter?
  • August 6, 2009
    Doc Strangelove
    Wow... nobody mentioned My So Called Life yet?

    The guy who teaches what's-his-name to read, remember him?

    Yeah...
  • August 6, 2009
    SevenOfDiamonds
    Mr. Turner from Boy Meets World was the cool, unorthodox teacher with the motorcycle.
  • August 6, 2009
    robotsy
    As if GTO isn't in this
  • August 6, 2009
    jason taylor
    Thank you. Yes I should have said Boy Meets World. Mr. Turner was more obviously cool whereas Feeny was more formal and his "coolness" (if that's what you call it) was underneath.
  • August 6, 2009
    random surfer
    Two short-lived Sit Coms:
    • Nick Freno, Licensed Teacher
    • Mr. Rhoades
    Would Steve Harvey from The Steve Harvey Show count? I've never watched it but I know he plays a teacher.
  • August 7, 2009
    voodoochild
    • The entire premise of Hangin' With Mr. Cooper.
  • August 7, 2009
    marjojo
    Also, in Boy Meets World there was an episode when they were in college where they had a "cool" young professor, played by Fred Savage. This episode kind of questions the trope because the professor doesn't respect boundaries--he tries to sleep with Topanga.
  • August 7, 2009
    missmishi
    • Mr. G from the books of The Princess Diaries.
    • Max Medina from [[Gilmore Girls Gilmore Girls].
    • Mr. Rooks in the Veronica Mars episode Mars v. Mars is this until he is revealed to have been sleeping with students
  • August 8, 2009
    Bisected8
    *siren* OK, consider this a 3 hour warning. If you've got anything to add, say it now. *siren*

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