I don’t know if you knew this, but next Tuesday is National Teacher Appreciation Day. And let me tell you, with less than a month before summer break and the sun shining and students getting a little, well…squirrelly, our teachers deserve some appreciation right about now. Here are some of our librarian’s favorite teachers from some of their favorite books. You might enjoy reading some of these. And they might make a great gift for a hard-working teacher you know, too!
Miss Stacey or Miss Shirley from Anne of Green Gables series: Miss Stacey told our favorite spunky redheaded orphan that “tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it” and “the truth will set you free.” And her protege, Anne, had some adventures as the schoolmistress herself.
Grant Wiggins from A Lesson Before Dying: Mr. Wiggins is not heroic. Sometimes he’s not even likable. But he’s human, and he’s stuck in circumstances that few of us can even imagine. As Grant tries to help one of the young men in his community regain some dignity before he faces the electric chair, he transforms as well.
Miss Nelson from Miss Nelson is Missing: Poor Miss Nelson. The kids in Room 207 don’t know how good they have it as they are rowdy and disrespectful to their good-natured teacher. But when Miss Nelson disappears and Miss Viola Swamp replaces her, it doesn’t take long until they want their teacher back in this picture book classic.
Frank McCourt from Teacher Man: The author describes his coming of age as a teacher, storyteller, and writer, a personal journey during which he spent fifteen years finding his voice in the classroom and came to terms with the undervalued importance of teaching.
Mr. Jenson from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Not the most traditional teacher, but a favorite nonetheless in this classic coming-of-age novel.
Mr. Falker from Thank Y
ou Mr. Falker: At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read and the teasing of her classmates make her feel dumb–until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem.
Snape from Harry Potter series: I know, I know. I could have chosen Lupin or McGonagall or Dumbledore. But I’m going with Snape.