Celebrities Talk About The Influence Of Their Favorite Teachers

celebrities talk teachersTeachers give so much to students, families and communities. For this reason, it is nice to be able to give them the recognition they deserve during Teacher Appreciation Week. They work hard making sure kids get excellent education, encouragement and support, helping them achieve dreams, with very little thanks and praise.

We’ve scoured the internet to find what some of our favorite celebrities have shared about their favorite teachers and how their lives were influenced by them. Here we share 10 memories of some of today’s most famous people’s best educators.

Al Roker

Named Best Weatherman twice by New York Magazine, Al Roker is a feature reporter. He’s interviewed fascinating people like Peanuts creator Charles Shultz before his death. He credits elementary school teacher, Eleanor Fryer from New York’s St. Catherine Of Sienna School, for believing in him.

Oprah Winfrey

Talk show host and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey praises her fourth grade teacher, Mary Duncan from Tennessee’s Wharton Elementary School, for being inspirational. Oprah feels teachers are crucial influences in children’s lives and credits Mrs. Duncan with instilling a lifelong love of learning.

Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin is an actor from a large family, including four other actors. Alec admires Bernice Hoffman, his fourth grade teacher who recognized special leadership qualities very early. She nurtured these qualities and taught Alec that he could do anything. She once asked him to save her a seat at his future inauguration.

Edie Falco

Multi award-winning actress, famous for her Carmela Soprano role in HBO’s “The Sopranos”, Edie praised teacher Sandy Valerio for teaching her to always do her best and that she is the instrument used in her craft.

Guy Fieri

Television chef and entrepreneur, Guy credits middle school history teacher, Fran Fischer, for instilling the belief that he could succeed. She taught him to harness his seemingly boundless energy in positive ways and helped by inspiring and mentoring him.

Laura Bush

Former First Lady Laura Bush was inspired by her second grade teacher, Charlene Gnagy, to continue her education until she earned an Bachelor of Science in Education Degree and a Library Science Master’s Degree. She credits Charlene for her love of learning and inspiration for teaching.

James Franco

James Franco is an actor famous for roles in the films “Whatever It Takes” and “Blind Spot”. He has profound admiration for his high school Journalism teacher, Esther Wojcicki, for treating students as professionals and believing in their talents.

Marg Helgenberger

Actress Marg Helgenberger acknowledges high school English teacher Mariann von Rein for discovering her true talent and encouraging her acting pursuits. Mariann convinced Marg to join the speech team, which fostered self-confidence.

Miranda Lambert

This award-winning country music artist credits two high school teachers, April Coker and Janice Caldwell, for instilling confidence in her. With constant lessons of perseverance, they helped shape Miranda into a confident talent.

Carrie Underwood

Multi-platinum and award-winning country artist Carrie Underwood commends her mother and two sisters who are all teachers. Her mother has taught for 25 years. Carrie admires her for shaping children’s lives. Her sisters taught kindergarten, first and fifth grades. Carrie says that teaching runs in her family.

Teachers play an important role in shaping young people’s lives. Without their thoughtfulness and exceptional teaching skills, many celebrities might not have found fame and success. In today’s society where teachers are often under-appreciated  it is refreshing to hear about them being held in such high regard from some of today’s most high profile and successful people.

About the Author

Sharon White  has been teaching elementary school for 15 years and writes frequently for blogs and other online resources about her vocation.  More of what she has to say about teaching and education as a career can be found at Top 10 Best Online Masters in Special Education Degree Programs.