35 Inspirational Poems for Teachers: Best Words of Appreciation

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In a world full of heroes, there are those who tirelessly dedicate themselves to shaping minds and inspiring young souls. They are the unsung champions of education, the beacons of knowledge, and the pillars of guidance.

Yes, we are talking about teachers! As we celebrate their invaluable contributions, what better way to express our gratitude than through poetry? In this article, we bring you a collection of inspirational poems for teachers that beautifully capture the essence of appreciation for these remarkable individuals. 

Whether you want to show your affection for a preschool teacher, high school teacher, or even your professor, we’ve got you covered!

So, join us on this poetic journey, and let’s honor the special teachers who inspire us every day!

Inspirational Poems for Teachers

Best Inspirational Poems for Teachers

Teachers are the unsung heroes of our society, tirelessly dedicating themselves to shaping young minds and molding the future generation. They selflessly go above and beyond to enlighten, mentor, and inspire their students. In honor of these remarkable individuals, we have compiled a collection of inspirational poems that celebrate the invaluable positive role of teachers and express our heartfelt appreciation. 

1. Teachers
By Kevin William Huff

Paint their minds
and guide their thoughts
Share their achievements
and advise their faults

Inspire a Love
of knowledge and truth
As you light the path
Which leads to our youth

For our future brightens
with each lesson you teach
Each smile you lengthen
Each goal you help reach

for the dawn of each poet
each philosopher and king
Begins with a teacher
And the wisdom they bring.

2. A Teacher for All Seasons
By Joanna Fuchs

A teacher is like Spring,
Who nurtures new green sprouts,
Encourages and leads them,
Whenever they have doubts.

A teacher is like Summer,
Whose sunny temperament
Makes studying a pleasure,
Preventing discontent.

A teacher is like Fall,
With methods crisp and clear,
Lessons of bright colors
And a happy atmosphere.

A teacher is like Winter,
While it’s snowing hard outside,
Keeping students comfortable,
As a warm and helpful guide.

Teacher, you do all these things,
With a pleasant attitude;
You’re a teacher for all seasons,
And you have my gratitude!

3. Teacher’s Prayer
By James J. Metcalf

I want to teach my students how
To live life on earth –
To face its struggles and its strife
And how to improve their worth –

Not just the lessons in a book
Or how the river flows –
But how to choose the proper path
Wherever they may go –

To understand eternal truth
And know right from wrong –
And gather all the beauty of
A flower and a song.

For if I help the world to grow
In wisdom and in grace,
Then I shall feel that I have won
And I have filled my place.

And so, I ask your guidance, God,
That I may do my part,
For character and confidence
And happiness of heart.

4. If I Could Teach You, Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

If I could teach you, teacher,
I’d teach you how much more
you have accomplished
than you think you have.
I’d show you the seeds
you planted years ago
that are now coming into bloom.
I’d reveal to you the young minds
that have expanded under your care,
the hearts that are serving others
because they had you as a role model.
If I could teach you, teacher,
I’d show you the positive effect
you have had on me and my life.
Your homework is
to know your value to the world,
to acknowledge it, to believe it.
Thank you, teacher.

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Inspirational Poems for Teachers - Dear Teacher

5. Dear Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

Dear teacher,
You listen to me,
getting to know the real me.
You believe in me.
You teach me to try,
to always do my best;
You encourage me, support me;
You point me toward success.
I want to become
strong, smart, and independent.
I want to be like you,
dear teacher.

6. A Teacher’s Prayer
By Jill Wolf

I want to teach my students how
To live life on earth –
To face its struggles and its strife
And how to improve their worth –

Not just the lessons in a book
Or how the river flows –
But how to choose the proper path
Wherever they may go –

To understand eternal truth
And know right from wrong –
And gather all the beauty of
A flower and a song.

For if I help the world to grow
In wisdom and in grace,
Then I shall feel that I have won
And I have filled my place.

And so, I ask your guidance, God,
That I may do my part,
For character and confidence
And happiness of heart.

7. Star Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

I always love your class;
Your teaching helps me see,
That to have a happy life,
Learning is the key.

You understand your students;
You’re sensitive and smart.
You’re a skillful teacher;
I knew it from the start.

I’m grateful for your wisdom
For the teacher that you are;
You’re a very good person,
And as a teacher, you’re a star!

8. Why God Created Teachers
By Jill Wolf

When God created teachers,
He gave us special friends
To help us understand His world
And truly comprehend
The beauty and the wonder
Of everything we see,
And become a better person
With every discovery.
When God created teachers,
He gave us special guides
To show us ways in which we grow
So we can all decide
How to live and how to do
What’s right instead of wrong,
To lead us so that we can lead
And learn how to be strong.
Why God created teachers,
In His wisdom and His grace,
Was to help us learn to make our world
A better, wiser place

9. I Wouldn’t Know…
By Joanna Fuchs

If I hadn’t had you as my teacher,
I wouldn’t know
how much fun learning can be,
satisfying to the brain and heart,
filling me with essential knowledge
I can use all my life.
I wouldn’t know
some teachers stand out from others
in their desire to maximize
students’ potential
for educational fulfillment,
success and happiness.
If I hadn’t had you as my teacher,
I just wouldn’t know.

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Poems About Teachers

Poems About Teachers

Teachers hold a special place in our hearts and minds, shaping our lives in profound ways. Their dedication, wisdom, and passion for education make them true heroes. Here are the best poems about teachers and teaching, capturing the essence of their impact on our lives.

10. Mrs. Stein
By Bill Dodds

The school bell rings, we go inside,
Our teacher isn’t there.
“Maybe she’s sick!” her pet cries out.
Yeah, right. As if I’d care.

I have a D in Language Arts,
My grade in math’s the same.
And now my teacher might be sick.
Could be I’m part to blame.

She doesn’t like me, that’s a fact,
I wouldn’t tell a lie.
She says stuff like: “You’re very smart,
But you don’t even try.”

I start to laugh—my teacher’s sick!
And boy, I’m feeling fine . . .
When someone knocks the door right in,
And there stands Frankenstein.

She’s six-foot-eight, her dress is black,
She’s wearing combat boots.
I start to gasp, she growls and says,
“I’ll be your substitute.”

The teacher’s pet is whimpering;
She doesn’t stand a chance.
The smart kid stares and points and faints.
The bully wets his pants.

“My name is Mrs. Stein,” she says,
And every student cringes.
She leans the door against the wall,
She’s knocked it off its hinges.

“Now let’s begin. You there! Stand up!”
She looks me in the eye.
I try to move, my legs won’t work.
I know I’m going to die!

In one big step she’s next to me,
And she does more than hover.
She blocks the sun, it’s dark as night,
My classmates run for cover.

“Now get up to the board,” she says.
“I’d like to see some action.
Pick up the chalk, explain to us
Division of a fraction.”

I leap away to save my life,
This time I really try.
I think and think and think and croak,
“Invert and multiply.”

“Correct! She says. I breathe again
And head back for my chair.
“You, FREEZE!” she shouts, and I stop cold.
“And don’t go anywhere.”

This all begins at nine o’clock,
I fight to stay alive.
It seems to last a million years—
The clock says nine-o-five.

That’s just three hundred seconds,
And then my turn is through.
She points at every one of us—
“Now you. Now, you. Now, you.”

We all get nailed this awful day,
There’s nowhere we can hide.
The lunch bell rings, we cannot eat,
We simply crawl outside.

We can’t believe the other kids
Who run and play their games.
Not us, who have big Mrs. Stein—
Our world is not the same.

The bell has tolled, I must go in,
My time on earth is through.
I’ll leave this on the playground—
Here’s what you have to do.

You must listen to your teacher
And pray her health is fine,
Or one day soon you’ll hear the words:
“My name is Mrs. Stein.”

11. The Village Schoolmaster
By Oliver Goldsmith

Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way,
With blossomed furze unprofitably gay,
There, in his noisy mansion, skilled to rule,
The village master taught his little school;
A man severe he was, and stern to view;
I knew him well, and every truant knew:
Well had the boding tremblers learned to trace
The day’s disasters in his morning face;
Full well they laughed, with counterfeited glee,
At all his jokes, for many a joke had he;
Full well the busy whisper, circling round,
Conveyed the dismal tidings when he frowned;
Yet he was kind, or, if severe in aught,
The love he bore to learning was in fault.
The village all declared how much he knew —
‘Twas certain he could write, and cipher too;
Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage,
And e’en the story ran that he could gauge;
In arguing, too, the parson owned his skill,
For, e’en though vanquished, he could argue still,
While words of learned length and thundering sound
Amazed the gazing rustics ranged around;
And still they gazed, and still the wonder grew
That one small head could carry all he knew.

12. My Teacher Wasn’t Half as Nice as Yours Seems to Be
By Roald Dahl

My teacher wasn’t half as nice as yours seems to be.
His name was Mister Unsworth and he taught us history.
And when you didn’t know a date, he’d get you by the ear
And start to twist while you sat there quite paralyzed with fear.
He’d twist and twist and twist your ear and twist it more and more.
Until at last the ear came off and landed on the floor.
Our class was full of one-eared boys. I’m certain there were eight.
Who’d had them twisted off because they didn’t know a date.
So let us now praise teachers who today are all so fine
And yours in particular is totally divine.

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13. Good Guide
By Joanna Fuchs

A smart and really good teacher
Should be a good guide, not a preacher.
She’d open each mind
Therein treasures to find;
Encouragement would be her best feature.

You have this good quality and more;
You inspire each brain to explore.
Our respect you are earning;
You’ve made us love learning,
As no teacher has before.

14. In Mrs Tilscher’s Class
By Carol Ann Duffy

You could travel up the Blue Nile
with your finger, tracing the route
while Mrs Tilscher chanted the scenery.
Tana. Ethiopia. Khartoum. Aswân.
That for an hour, then a skittle of milk
and the chalky Pyramids rubbed into dust.
A window opened with a long pole.
The laugh of a bell swung by a running child.

This was better than home. Enthralling books.
The classroom glowed like a sweet shop.
Sugar paper. Coloured shapes. Brady and Hindley
faded, like the faint, uneasy smudge of a mistake.
Mrs Tilscher loved you. Some mornings, you found
she’d left a good gold star by your name.
The scent of a pencil slowly, carefully, shaved.
A xylophone’s nonsense heard from another form.

Over the Easter term, the inky tadpoles changed
from commas into exclamation marks. Three frogs
hopped in the playground, freed by a dunce,
followed by a line of kids, jumping and croaking
away from the lunch queue. A rough boy
told you how you were born. You kicked him, but stared
at your parents, appalled, when you got back home.

That feverish July, the air tasted of electricity.
A tangible alarm made you always untidy, hot,
fractious under the heavy, sexy sky. You asked her
how you were born and Mrs Tilscher smiled,
then turned away. Reports were handed out.
You ran through the gates, impatient to be grown,
as the sky split open into a thunderstorm.

15. For Elizabeth Bishop
By Sandra  McPherson

The child I left your class to have   
Later had a habit of sleeping   
With her arms around a globe
She’d unscrewed, dropped, and dented.
I always felt she could possess it,   
The pink countries and the mauve
And the ocean which got to keep its blue.
Coming from the Southern Hemisphere to teach,   
Which you had never had to do, you took
A bare-walled room, alone, its northern   
Windowscapes as gray as walls.
To decorate, you’d only brought a black madonna.
I thought you must have skipped summer that year,   
Southern winter, southern spring, then north
For winter over again. Still, it pleased you
To take credit for introducing us,
And later to bring our daughter a small flipbook
Of partners dancing, and a ring   
With a secret whistle. —All are
Broken now like her globe, but she remembers   
Them as I recall the black madonna   
Facing you across the room so that   
In a way you had the dark fertile life   
You were always giving gifts to.   
Your smaller admirer off to school,   
I take the globe and roll it away: where   
On it now is someone like you?

16. Napoleon
By Miroslav Holub

Children, when was
Napoleon Bonaparte born,
asks teacher.

A thousand years ago, the children say.
A hundred years ago, the children say.
Last year, the children say.
No one knows.

Children, what did
Napoleon Bonaparte do,
asks teacher.

Won a war, the children say.
Lost a war, the children say.
No one knows.

Our butcher had a dog
called Napoleon,
says Frantisek.
The butcher used to beat him and the dog died
of hunger
a year ago.

And all the children are now sorry
for Napoleon.

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Thank You Teacher Poems

Thank You Teacher Poems

Teachers play a vital role in our lives, shaping us into the individuals we become. They inspire, educate, and guide us on our journey of growth and knowledge. So, when the time comes to express our gratitude, it’s important to find the perfect words to say thank you. Here are the best thank you poems for teachers!

17. A Privilege
By Joanna Fuchs

You make my life better
both in and out of class.
Your lessons enrich my brain.
Your caring touches my heart.
You are an extraordinary person,
etched in my memory forever.

It is a privilege to know you.
Thank you, teacher, for being you.

18. Shining Star
By Debbie Klier

We’d like to thank you for all that you’ve done.
For the time you’ve invested in our daughters and sons.
For the places you’ve taken them, and you’ve taken them far!
For leading and guiding them, to their North Star!

For your timeless energy that never seems to tire.
For that special talent you possess to inspire!
For making your students the best they can be.
For trying to teach them all to see;

how far they can fly and how high they can soar.
For making them all crave to learn more!
You’ve challenged their minds, their hearts and souls.
You’ve taught them it’s possible to reach for their goals.

And as they journey through life near and far,
We will always remember their SHINING STAR!

19. The Best Teachers
By Joanna Fuchs

Teachers open up young minds,
showing them the wonders of the intellect
and the miracle
of being able to think for themselves.
A teacher exercises
the mental muscles of students,
stretching and strengthening,
so they can make challenging decisions,
find their way in the world,
and become independent.
The best teachers care enough
To gently push and prod students
to do their best
and fulfill their potential.
You are one of those.
Thank you.

20. Important Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

When everything else was getting me down,
I’d come to school and lose my frown.
You’d teach me stuff I wanted to know;
With you, I learned; You helped me grow.

Important people are very few;
In my life, one of them is you.
Because of you, I got some smarts.
Thank you, Teacher, from my heart of hearts.

21. I Want To Be Like You
By Joanna Fuchs

Thank you, teacher,
for being my life’s role model.
When I consider all you’ve taught me
and reflect on the kind of person you are,
I want to be like you—
smart, interesting and engaging,
positive, confident, yet unpretentious.
I want to be like you—
well-informed and easy to understand,
thinking with your heart as well as your head,
gently nudging us to do our best,
with sensitivity and insight.
I want to be like you—
giving your time, energy and talent
to ensure the brightest possible future
for each of us.
Thank you, teacher
For giving me a goal to shoot for:
I want to be like you!

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Inspirational Poems for Teachers - The Teacher Gets A+

22. The Teacher Gets A+
By Joanna Fuchs

I look forward to your class
When I come to school.
You’re an awesome teacher;
I think you’re very cool.

You’re smart and fair and friendly;
You’re helping all of us.
And if I got to grade you,
From me you’d get A+!

23. Thank You, Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

Thank you, skillful teacher,
For teaching me to be
A stronger, smarter person,

Thank you, favorite teacher
For acting like a friend,
And taking time to show me,
Lessons hard to comprehend.

Thank you for your caring
And lots of other stuff;
For all the things you gave me,
I can’t thank you enough.

24. Some Teachers
By Joanna Fuchs

What we learn forms the filter
through which we view the world.
What we learn
determines how we live our lives.
Some teachers teach us the right things
and make them easy to understand.
Some teachers make learning fun,
a joy that enriches all we do.
Some teachers help lead us
toward success and happiness.
Some teachers are very important to us;
we will always remember them.
You are one of those teachers.
Thank you for being my teacher.
I really appreciate you!

25. I’ll Remember You Always
By Joanna Fuchs

Rarely does someone
get to influence a person’s life
in a positive way
for a lifetime,
as a teacher can,
fostering optimism and confidence,
providing knowledge that leads to success,
and being a good role model,
as you have,
and you are,
and you will…
I’ll remember you always.
Thank you.

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Inspirational Teacher Day Poems

Inspirational Teacher Day Poems

Teachers play a vital role in shaping the minds and futures of our children. They inspire, motivate, and guide students along the path of knowledge and self-discovery. On Teacher’s Day, it’s important to show our gratitude and appreciation for their unwavering dedication. And what better way to express our heartfelt thanks than with a teacher appreciation poem? Here are some of the best poems to use on Teacher’s Day.

26. Number One Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

(name of teacher),

I’m happy that you’re my teacher;
I enjoy each lesson you teach.
As my role model you inspire me
To dream and to work and to reach.

With your kindness you get my attention;
Every day you are planting a seed
Of curiosity and motivation
To know and to grow and succeed.

You help me fulfill my potential;
I’m thankful for all that you’ve done.
I admire you each day, and I just want to say,
As a teacher, you’re number one!

27. Thanks for Showing Me the Light
By Felicity Luckey

Thank you teacher
You’re so kind
You gave me joy
And peace of mind

You helped me dream
You gave me hope
You taught me so
I would not mope

You gave me strength
So I can see
A future that
Belongs to me

A future that
Looks really bright
Thanks for showing
Me the Light

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Inspirational Poems for Teachers - The Most Admired Teacher

28. The Most Admired Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

(Name of teacher),
The most admired teacher
Would be caring, kind and smart.
She’d always have her students’
Best interests in her heart.

She’d help us love to learn.
Her lessons would be clear.
She’d motivate with praise,
And always be sincere.

She’d be upbeat and supportive,
And a great role model too.
She’d be the perfect teacher;
She’d be just like you!

29. Sonnet For An Unforgettable Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

(Teacher’s name),
When I began your class I think I knew
The kind of challenges you’d make me face.
You gave me motivation to pursue
The best, and to reject the commonplace.

Your thinking really opened up my mind.
With wisdom, style and grace, you made me see,
That what I’d choose to seek, I’d surely find;
You shook me out of my complacency.

I thank you now for everything you’ve done;
What you have taught me I will not outgrow.
Your kind attention touched my mind and heart;
In many ways that you will never know.

I will remember you my whole life through;
I wish that all my teachers were like you.

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Short Teacher Poems

Short Teacher Poems

Teachers hold a special place in our hearts, guiding us through the journey of learning and growth. They inspire us, encourage us, and shape our futures. To honor these incredible individuals, here are a beautiful collection of short teacher poems.

30. Rainbow Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

A good teacher is a brilliant light
illuminating the prism of life,
revealing to students
a rainbow of possibilities.

31. My Teacher
By Joanna Fuchs

My Teacher,
You taught me, inspired me
guided me, encouraged me
pushed me to do my best.
Thank you for caring about me.

32. Changed Forever
By Joanna Fuchs

My Terrific Teacher,
When you fed me knowledge,
you changed forever
my view of life
and the world.
I will always remember you.

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33. I Have a Future
By Joanna Fuchs

Thank you, Teacher,
For reaching deep in me
to find all I can be
before I can see it myself.
You never gave up on me.
I have a future
because of you.

34. You’re So Fine
By Joanna Fuchs

Teacher, teacher you’re so fine;
I’m so glad that you are mine.
I can’t wait to go to school.
You help me learn, and you’re so cool.

When I graduate, I know
I’ll remember you, wherever I go.

35. I Feel Good
By Joanna Fuchs

Kind Teacher,
You conquered my fears
that I was dumb.
You focused on my smart strengths
and ignored the rest.
Because of you,
I feel good about me.

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Best Quotes for Teachers

Best Quotes for Teachers

Teaching is more than a profession; it is a calling that requires dedication, passion, and an unwavering commitment to shaping young minds. As educators, teachers play a vital role in society by imparting knowledge, molding character, and inspiring future generations. 

To celebrate the incredible work teachers do, we have compiled a collection of the best quotes for and about teaching, serving as a reminder of the profound impact teachers have on individuals and communities.

“Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.” – Colleen Wilcox

“In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.” – Lee Iacocca

“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.” – Magic Johnson

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” – Brad Henry

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexandra K. Trenfor

“A child is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit.” – Hebrew Proverb

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

“The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Robert Bridges

What’s Your Favorite Teacher Poem or Quote?

male teacher near blackboard

These inspirational poems for teachers serve as a heartfelt expression of gratitude and appreciation for the invaluable role they play in shaping the minds and hearts of their pupils. The carefully crafted words of these poems beautifully capture the dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment that teachers bring to their classrooms each day.

Whether it is through their guidance, encouragement, or belief in their students’ potential, teachers inspire and empower future generations to reach their full potential. As you reflect on the profound impact they have on our lives, remember to always honor and express your gratitude and admiration to teachers for their immeasurable contributions. No need to wait for the end of the school year.

May these poems serve as an excellent reminder of their immeasurable worth and the wonderful impact teachers leave on the world.

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