10 Education Heroes

As part of our Breaking the Cycle Campaign, and to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day, we present a list of 10 Education Heroes. Did we miss any? Is your hero on the list? Tell us in the comments section (and maybe we’ll expand the list)…


#10 – Socrates

Let’s begin with a classic, the Greek philosopher who used rational inquiry to discover the truth about ethical matters. Not too shabby!


#9 – Booker T. Washington

African-American educator, author, orator, and trusted advisor to presidents of the United States.


#8 – Anne Sullivan

The life-long companion and teacher of Helen Keller, who was deaf-blind. Together they redefined the limits of learning.


#7 – Fred Rogers

One of the most influential educators of the 20th century. Millions of children learned with him by watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood.


#6 – Arne Duncan

Former professional basketball player. Also, The United States Secretary of Education and former CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.


#5 – Minerva McGonagall

An advocate for unconventional curriculum, extremely dangerous team sports and students embracing change.


#4 – Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Turns the complexities of astrophysics into something fun, interesting and understandable. A fierce advocate for science and the power of learning.


#3 – Maya Angelou

Passionate poet and inspirational educator. Professor of philosophy, ethics, science and more.


#2 – Madeleine Rios

Assistant Principal at Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, and one of many teachers around the country working with buildOn.


#1 – Who is Your Education Hero?

Which teacher, educator, mentor or friend had the biggest impact on your education? Tell them today! Give them a shout out in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.

Breaking The Cycle

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