We’re always told that it takes a special kind of person to be a teacher, but does their job make them the perfect life partners?

Selfless, trustworthy, kind, supportive. It reads like a checklist for the perfect spouse, but it also happens to be a list of qualities that are sought after in one profession above all others. As reported in Southern Living Magazine, when students were asked what they look for in a good teacher, the results were strikingly similar to the traits people look for in a life partner. Hard to argue with that.

As ThinkAloud.net puts it “marrying a teacher is like hitting the jackpot.” Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Teachers are patient, kind and good listeners – Teachers have to really listen to their students, and understand their opinions and concerns, in order to develop trust. Not to mention the incredible patience and respect they show in doing so. This sounds like the foundation of a pretty great relationship to me. Coincidence? I think not.
  1. Teachers are responsible and can handle any situation – Teachers take responsibility for the education of other people’s kids every single day. Pretty amazing when you think about it. If they can cope with lost textbooks, sudden illness, pigeons in the classroom and still manage to educate thirty unique individuals, we’re pretty sure they can handle anything life throws at them.
  1. Teachers are dedicated and passionate – Teachers often go above and beyond in their job, despite being underpaid. They stay back at school late planning lessons, attend weekend sports days and spend their own money on resources to provide students with the best learning opportunities. If they show that kind of commitment to their job, chances are they are pretty committed in their personal life too.
  1. Teachers are fun – Let’s face it, kids can be hilarious. It’d be pretty hard to work with them all day every day and not have a laugh once in a while. And most importantly, teachers can laugh at themselves. Kids make sure of that.

So there you have it – if you’re still looking for ‘the one’ maybe they’re out there somewhere doing playground duty right now. And if you’re married to a teacher, you probably knew all these things already – and your spelling is probably always perfect too.

Do teachers really make the best partners? Let us know in the comments below!

 


  • I’d be pretty happy if I was married to Jack Black too! haha! Interesting. I’m not sure these positive traits apply to every teacher though. I had some pretty grumpy, anti-fun teachers at times.

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  • I dunno if all teachers are like that or that they make the best partners. My neighbours have been married for over 40 years, she’s a teacher. She says the secret to their longevity is time spent apart doing their own things……..a LOT of time apart lol

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  • I wish the same could be said for all school teachers. I know one who openly states that he wasn’t nothing to do with any relatives. His parents and his wife’s parents rarely see them except for school holidays. They only live about 1 hour away from them. The grandparents miss seeing their grandchildren as much as they would like to.

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  • I know a lot of teachers and I would agree, but I am not married to one so can’t vouch for that part

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  • Hmmm, I would argue this during the end of Term 4 and report writing time!!

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  • Bit of a generalisation, here… I’m not sure I agree.

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  • I’m not a teacher and I am all of the things listed above… many people have these personality traits and aren’t teachers.
    My husbands parents – one is a teacher and they got a divorce so I don’t feel this is right lol

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  • My husband is studying to become a teacher- I’ll see how happy I become. :)

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  • Not sure how proven this theory actually is.

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  • I personally don’t know any teachers married to each other but I really think it depends on the person and not the profession they do.

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  • That’s good in theory. My husband and I are both teachers, and whilst he hits all those qualities he is far more dedicated to his job than the average teacher. Instead of coming home early he would stay late to help one student, as soon as he gets home he is checking his emails to respond to his students, he has a truck load of marking to do, there’s planning to be done and somewhere in all of that he also needs to spend time with his family…. if u noticed I said I am a teacher too and am wondering y I’m not doing all the teachers things like him, it’s because I am currently a stay at home mum trying to handle any situation with my own kids (not as easy as it is in the classroom ????)

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  • I think it depends on the person. I have spoken to some teachers that are arrogant and think everyone else around them needs educating.

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  • I know a few people who are married to teachers. I’ll have to ask them and find out

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  • It does take a kind and patient person to be a teacher. Good article.

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  • I think this is true but for any profession!

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