Monday, July 23, 2012

Hot for Hotties

Hot teachers. As if.

Don't get me wrong. I'm sure there are hot teachers out there, men who are so devilishly handsome, witty and charming, they make teen girls quiver in their hightops. They just weren't in my school.

Oh, we had male teachers. And some of them thought they were God's gift to the student body. Case in point: Mr. Jr. High Band who dated a student; Mr. Health who had a penchant for leaning his junk up against kids' desks; and Mr. Art, the eternal flirt who was eventually fired for taking things too far.

But a true dreamboat who looked like a movie star, smelled like a fashion model, quipped like debate champion AND had no romantic interest in his students? Not so much. Crushing on that kind of teacher is fun and safe, the stuff of every adolescent girl's dream.

Like for instance, Mr. Shoop in Summer School. Before Mark Harmon solved crimes against the navy, he was the adorable yet lazy summer school teacher forced to babysit a band of misfit students who couldn't pass a basic proficiency exam. He's funny and sarcastic, cool and laid back, and most importantly of all, he rebuffs cute and perky Courtney Thorne-Smith when she makes a move on him. Who wouldn't want him teaching their kids? :)
Or, how about another awesome hunk-o'-teacher, Mr. Griffith in Easy A? Thomas Haden Church is the definition of dreamy. He's cute and hilarious, yet exacting and motivating, and truly cares for his students, especially Olive Penderghast when she takes a turn toward crazy and starts wearing, um "provocative" clothes to school.
Unfortunately, I never ran into these kinds of teachers. Don't get me wrong, I had plenty of teachers who cared, even went out of their way to teach me and help me excel. They just weren't droolworthy specimens of pedagogic manhood. But maybe that's a good thing. Given my teenage penchant for distraction, I probably wouldn't have learned a darn thing.

~Lea

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So what about you dear readers? Which teen movie idol teachers come to mind? Who do you wish had been in your classroom?

5 comments:

Melissa Landers said...

Okay, he wasn't sexy, but who didn't wish they had Robin Williams's character in DEAD POET'S SOCIETY as their English teacher?

Also, I'm so sad that none of you had a smokin' hot Scot like Mr. B in your school. So, so sad.

Lorie Langdon said...

Lea,
I loved Mark Harmon in Summer School! Too bad I never had any awesome teachers like him either. But, like you, I would have been far too distracted. ;-)
Fun post!

Stephsco said...

Isn't Thomas Haden Church the guy who played Lloyd on Wings? And the sandman guy in one of the Spiderman movies? Maybe I'm confusing him with someone, I can't picture his as dreamy or attractive at all.

Mark Harmon is pretty cute; I never saw that movie. It seems like "hot teachers" is more the male fantasy. I can hardly think of any examples of good looking teachers in movies!

Kimberly said...

Lea,
I drew a complete blank when trying to remember a hot specimen of a teacher in my school years. I, too, loved Robin Wiliams in DEAD POET'S SOCIETY. I also liked the beginning scene of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK with the girl putting messages on her eyelids to the hot Harrison Ford. Now, that was a teacher I could have crushed heavy on.
But, having a crush on a hot teacher? Not me. I was more into having a decent relationship with them. I did go to dinner at a professor's house several times. But his wife cooked awesome Lebanese food and the rest of our small English class attended. So, no romantic evening or trying to keep wandering hands away...:-) I loved my teachers. I kept my crushes to those who were somewhat attainable, cute and in my age range.

Marisa Cleveland said...

I feel sad your high school lacked hottie teachers. But as you said, it was probably better that way. :)