These inspiring teacher quotes are much-needed reminders of just how incredible educators are! Educators are resilient, adaptable, and brimming with passion.
We can turn an empty cardboard box into an ice cream shop and milk jugs into a bear’s den, without batting an eye. When things get difficult, we use our incredible adaptation skills to ensure our students never miss a beat.
We have found ourselves in a new and uncharted situation. Many of us have ended the school year unexpectedly or are continuing the academic year virtually. Lots of families continue to homeschool even though it may look and feel a bit different. Also, some classrooms have remained open every day, providing a safe haven for students with essential working parents. Regardless of your current situation, when things get hard, teachers find a way. They find a way to share their fierce love for their students, they connect with storytelling and hugs, and they disguise the struggle.
When times get tough, remember the amazing work you do for each and every student. We hope this list of inspirational teacher quotes lightens the load and releases some tension. If nothing else, take a moment to remember just how incredible you are. You are appreciated and loved deeply.
Inspiring Teacher Quotes
100 years from now it won’t matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child. – Forest Witcraft
This inspiring quote is such a beautiful reminder of how important the short time we have with each child really is. The material things of the world are fleeting compared to the love and affection we receive from our role models.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn. – Ancient Chinese Proverb
As a great teacher, you know children learn best when they are involved and excited about their learning. Creating those moments of true involvement builds great thinkers and fosters curiosity and joy, as well as lifelong learners.
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. – Lady Bird Johnson
Kids can do amazing things. You inspire your students to do amazing things because you know kids bust down the walls when someone pushes, believes, and cares for them. YOU do that and your students are lucky to have such a teacher.
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. – Aristotle
A beautiful reminder of how your relationships with students are just as important as the lessons you teach. We know that students mimic and copy our actions, so it’s our humble responsibility to teach love in addition to the ABCs and 123s.
Strong teachers don’t teach content: Google has content. Strong teaching connects learning in ways that inspire kids to learn more and strive for greatness. – Ed Jensen
Ah yes, your students are very proficient at asking Alexa and Google when they need answers. However, what will students remember as they get older? The teacher that built excitement and joy in the classroom or the answer that Google supplied? Human connection will always be the champion because of how teachers make students feel.
Teachers plant seeds that grow forever. – Anonymous
Consider this . . . teachers have the ultimate green thumb. We plant creativity, confidence, and the courage to fail into young minds. As we pluck out the weeds of negativity, we add plenty of love and encouragement and pick them up when they wilt. We grow lifelong learners and tend to the whole child.
Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times. – Anonymous
Teaching preschool is such a blessing. You allow your children the time they need to develop new skills and offer them endless opportunities to play. Play is the work of young children and as they play, their gifts emerge. Each student discovers their talents and gifts in their own time.
Children don’t say, ‘I had a hard day. Can we talk?’ They say, ‘Will you play with me?’ – Lawrence Cohen
The days you sit and play with children and let them cook you a meal while in dramatic play, you are doing more than just playing. The times that you get playdough out and make a snake together, you are doing so much more than just making something. Teachers are counselors, problem-solvers, joy-givers, and one of the most important gifts to the world and future generations.
One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. – Malala Yousafzai
The simplicity of this quote draws us in. It’s a lovely reminder that it only takes one. One moment, one opportunity, one experience, and one teacher to make it all happen. That ONE teacher is you.
I am a preschooler. I am not made to sit still. – Anonymous
While much of the world tells young children to sit down, be quiet, or be still, preschool teachers know that it’s how children learn. You are their advocate, their voice, and you see who they truly are.
Sometimes, it only takes a single teacher to turn a child’s life around. Some children will come to school today because of that teacher. Be that teacher. Every day. – We Teach, Let’s Talk
You are that one single teacher who can magically shoo away doubt. You use mistakes as opportunities and spotlight your own downfalls. Your students see you as magical and all-knowing. You bring joy and delight to your classroom. Only you could do that for your students. Only you.
Let me love you a little more, before you’re not little anymore. – Michelle Thevenot
This quote tugs at the heartstrings, as we know the time we have with our children and students is fleeting. Every day passes quicker than the last, and allowing children the opportunity to be little is one of the best gifts we can provide.
Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.” – Anatole France
Teaching young children comes from the heart. We spend our days encouraging and acknowledging the effort that our little ones put into every single thing they do. From learning to use scissors to building block towers that reach the sky, our voices cheer our students on because we know our words shape their world.
There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child CAN do instead of what they cannot do. – Temple Grandin
As teachers, we have the gift to show children that they are unique and amazing and have something to offer the world! Encouragement reaches farther than criticism and we know our words have a lasting impact.
One of a teacher’s most important jobs is to teach children how to think. – Preschool Inspirations
As a seasoned teacher, I know that I am helping set the foundation for children, not just for this year or kindergarten, but for a lifetime. I am teaching the whole child! Even after our students move on and keep growing, our lessons will stay in the hearts. The lessons to love themselves and others, to find the magic of each day, and to know that they can be a world-changer.
I wasn’t born to just teach. I was born to inspire others, to change people, and to never give up; even when faced with challenges that seem impossible. – Anonymous
Although you may have been born to teach, your powers reach far beyond academics. During times of trial and impossible means, you rise up and shelter the storm from your students. You work tirelessly to meet all the academic standards while ensuring your students are engaged and involved. By infusing social skills and cooperative learning, you build the foundation for good relationships as your students age. You are truly inspirational.
As a teacher, you do it ALL. With these inspiring teacher quotes, we send you hearts full of love and gratitude, along with a reminder to be good to yourself. After all, you are doing the world a tremendous service and it goes without saying, we appreciate you.