Inspirational Quotes for Teachers/School Leaders


Smile everyday and love the children, love the community and respect every member of staff in the team. Teaching is the greatest job in the world. Chris Dyson

There are lots of great jobs you can do in society, but none of them are quite as great, or quite as important, or as profound as the life of a teacher. Doug Lemov



'The most basic human desire is to feel like you belong. Fitting in is important.'


Simon Sinek


We become leaders the day we decide to help people grow, not numbers. Simon Sinek




'Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest production and still have a big impact.'


Neil Patrick Harris



Great teachers are drivers, nurture relationships, take joy in going off-piste, celebrate intrinsic rewards, are principled about people and are effective curriculum designers. Tom Sherrington

The single most important aspect of your job is to make it easy as possible for teachers to teach. All else flows from that. David Didau

“It has become clear everywhere that the schools we have today will not be able to provide opportunities for students to learn what is necessary in the future.” Pasi Sahlberg



Teachers learn from teachers. Teachers trust what other teachers have to say about what works in the classroom because the teacher-to-teachers relationship is founded upon reciprocal vulnerability and its close partner, authenticity. John Tomsett


Some lessons will be better than others, at different times, on different days. We are continually striving towards creating a culture whereby improving is not seen as a deficit. It is seen as a natural enactment of a professional learning community that recognises that Teaching is Learning. mark Healy



This is us as a profession. We are willing to take everything that is thrown at us for what we know is right. We need to celebrate ourselves more. We have been beaten to the ground and we are still standing. In my eyes that makes us champions! @censoredhead




"Education is not the filling of a pot, but the lighting of a fire."

W.B. Yeats



“When we work from a place, I believe, that says 'I'm enough,' then we stop screaming and start listening, we're kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we're kinder and gentler to ourselves.” Brene Brown



"One must champion oneself and say, I am ready for this!”

Moira from Schitt's Creek


‘Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.’ Robert Braathe

‘Consciously we teach what we know, unconsciously we teach who we are.’ Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith


MaryMyatt,

“are values lived or laminated?”




'Sometimes the bravest and important thing you can do is just show up.' Brene Brown




Teaching, it turns out, is a team sport, where teachers make each other better fastest by building culture & sharing insights.

Doug Lemov


“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” Stephen Hawking



“Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students.”

–Solomon Ortiz


'Curriculum development is a long haul task, but a beautiful one, and an ethically focussed curriculum, carefully crafted, will mean the children and the staff and families and the planet, will reap the benefits for years to come.' Katie Smith


“On teaching:...the job seems to require the sort of skills one would need to pilot a bus full of live chickens backwards, with no brakes, down a rocky road through the Andes while simultaneously providing colorful and informative commentary on the scenery.”

― Franklin Habit

‘To me, leadership is not about necessarily being the loudest in the room, but instead being the bridge, or the thing that is missing in the discussion and trying to build a consensus from there.’ Jacinda Ardern



When books are opened, we discover that we have wings - Helen Hayes




“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping, & fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body & bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.”

David Sobel



Senior Leaders should never lose sight of what it is to be a full-time class teacher. Samuel Strickland



“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”

Oprah Winfrey


Education system needs to be more flexible, creative and resilient that requires smarter professional collaboration and stronger student engagement across the system. Pasi Sahlberg


Success is liking yourself, liking what you do,  and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou



“I think that a childhood can sometimes last a lifetime.”― Michael Rosen, Fantastic Mr Dahl



The greatest impact on learning is the daily lived experiences of students in classrooms, and that is determined much more by how teachers teach than by what they teach. Dylan Wiliam



“A good teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way for others.” Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk





“A bad curriculum well taught is invariably a better experience for students than a good curriculum badly taught: pedagogy trumps curriculum. Or more precisely, pedagogy is curriculum, because what matters is how things are taught, rather than what is taught.”

― Dylan Wiliam



“Educators are the only people who lose sleep over other people’s kids.” –Nicholas A. Ferroni




“It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” –Michael Morpurgo





“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” –Henry B. Adams


“Leadership is always about people.”

Simon Sinek


“The goal is not to be perfect by the end, the goal is to be better today.”

Simon Sinek


“Life is beautiful not because of the things we see or do. Life is beautiful because of the people we meet.”

Simon Sinek





"Children are like wet cement; whatever falls on them makes an impression."

Haim Ginott


“Learning never exhausts the mind.”

Leonardo da Vinci


"Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people."

Eleanor Roosevelt





A life worth living, and work worth doing - that is what I want for children (and all people), not just, or not even, something called 'a better education.

John Holt





“You have to fill your bucket with positive energy—and if you have people hanging around you that are bringing you down and not lifting you up, whether that’s your ‘boo’ or your best friend—you have to learn how to push these people to the side,"

Michele Obama



 The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.

Jean Piaget, Psychologist





Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.

John Holt




Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. - 

Margaret Mead, Cultural Anthropologist





“You will either step forward into growth, or you will step backward into safety.”

Abraham Maslow




 The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.  

Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights Activist



Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

Rita Pierson, Educational Trainer