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The school year is winding down and it seems like a great time to voice our appreciation for the teachers in our lives. In recognition of National Teachers Day on May 2, we're showing a little love for educators with a list of books and movies about them.

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Matilda (2020)

by Roald Dahl

The 1996 Matilda is a classic for book lovers everywhere. There's humor, magic and a happy ending. Plus Ms. Honey is the kind of teacher we all hope to have as a child! — Rachel Newlin, Cataloging Librarian

As an avid reader since my childhood days, I first watched this movie in elementary school after reading the book of the same title by Roald Dahl. I absolutely loved it! My favorite character was Matilda’s teacher, Miss Honey. She was the kindest teacher I had ever seen and I wanted so badly to be a student in her classroom. Her warmth toward and pride in her students could be felt through the words on the page and through the screen as well. I highly recommend this film adaptation of a classic children’s novel. — Jennifer Boehmer, Information Desk Assistant


To Sir, with Love (1999)

by Columbia Pictures Corporation

A fabulous 1967 film with Sidney Poitier acting in the role of an idealistic engineer-trainee and his experiences in teaching a group of rambunctious white high school students from the slums of London's East End. — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant

A teacher (the late, very great Sidney Poitier) in 1960s Britain tries to reform a bunch of rowdy students by treating them with respect, and demanding the same treatment in return. Naturally, not everybody will be won over with this "radical" approach, but the dynamic between the characters is compelling and the film has a wonderful title song and message. — Kris Milhousen, Information Desk Assistant


Vinyl Moon (2022)

by Mahogany L Browne

When Angel moves to Brooklyn, she is enrolled into Mrs. G's homeroom, where she provides a safe and welcoming environment for her students to express themselves. While there, Angel makes friends, falls in love with reading, and begins her journey of self discovery. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

Miss Nelson is Missing! (1977)

by Harry Allard

When a group of students take advantage of their kind teacher, Miss Nelson, she disappears and a scary substitute, Miss Viola Swamp, takes her place. This was my favorite book growing up! — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian


Stand and Deliver (1998)

by Warner Bros. Pictures

Featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by Edward James Olmos, this 1988 drama tells the true story of a Los Angeles teacher who inspires his tough students to become math whizzes, only to have nobody believe that his students could legitimately master calculus. With all of their reputations on the line, the teacher and his class must decide what to do in order to prove themselves. — Kris Milhousen, Information Desk Assistant


The Miracle Worker (2001)

by United Artists Corporation

The story of Anne Sullivan’s struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. Patty Duke was the youngest person to win an Oscar in this role as Helen Keller. — Carol Kalvig, Information Desk Assistant


Remember the Titans (2001)

by Walt Disney Pictures

Inspiring and true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.— Carol Kalvig, Information Desk Assistant


School of Rock (2004)

by Paramount

The movie School of Rock demonstrates the impact a teacher can have on their students. Jack Black's passion for music develops his students’ self confidence.  The students learn to find pride in their work and how to show compassion and empathy for others. —Sara Hanson, Information Desk Assistant

Trust Exercise (2019)

by Susan Choi

This novel turns the coming-of-age tale on its head with sharp wit, keen observation, and astute commentary about growing up, young love and student-teacher dynamics. Taking place at a competitive performing arts high school in the '80s, where a charismatic teacher cultivates a clique of acolytes, this is dark satire at its finest. — Emily Vinci, Fiction Manager

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (1997)

by Dav Pilkey

Famous hilarious story about a bad teacher turned superhero. — Eugene Avila, Circulation Assistant


Freedom Writers (2007)

by Freedom Writers

A teacher inspires at-risk youth to get invested in their futures by having them journal. Plus, it's a true story! — Eugene Avila, Circulation Assistant


Because of Mr. Terupt (2010)

by Rob Buyea

About the impact a teacher can have on a group of schoolchildren with diverse issues in their lives. — Eugene Avila, Circulation Assistant