In 2019. a science teacher from rural Kenya who donates most of his salary to help poorer students was crowned the world’s best teacher and awarded a $1,000,000 prize, beating 10,000 nominations from 179 countries.
In 1963, Bruce McAllister, a 16 year-old student, wrote to 150 authors to settle a dispute with his English teacher about textual symbolism. More than 75 replied, including Ray Bradbury, John Updike, and Saul Bellow. McAllister later became an acclaimed author and literature professor.
Teachers in Luxembourg are the best paid in the world, with a starting salary of 73,300€ ($79,920) going up to 128,200€ ($138,920) per year.
In Tucson, Arizona in 1970, a teacher was fired for being a witch.
In 2016, a Detroit school was so understaffed that an 8th grader taught math to his own classmates and to the 7th grade for an entire month.
Ina Koenig, a German kindergarten teacher, jumped down a 75-foot mine shaft when one of her 3-year-old students accidentally fell down it. It was filled with cold water. For more than 2 hours, she kept the child’s head above the deluge, saving his life, until helped arrived.
John Corcoran, a teacher, taught for 17 years while being illiterate. He struggled in the 6th grade and never learned to read or write, and cheated his way through college. At the age of 47, he finally learned when he was inspired by Barbara Bush advocating for adult literacy.
While filming Pirates of the Caribbean in London, Johnny Depp received a letter from a local 9 year old girl, who asked for help with “munity” against her teachers. Depp turned up with no warning at the school in full Jack Sparrow outfit, but advised against munity.
Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year moved to Texas in 2017 for a higher salary.
In 1948 in the US, pregnant women were not allowed to be teachers in 57% of public school districts because “the sight of pregnant women would unfavorably influence students” and because “pregnant teachers’ minds would not be on their work.”