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!


  • My fiance and In are both teachers so we must be extremely happy haha


  • I’m a teacher…. Not sure that my husband is the happiest – especially with the amount of work I bring home with me.


  • I wouldn’t know, my hubby isn’t a teacher


  • Not all teachers are as tolerant and kind as they have suggested. I think the profession can wear down on a persons traits like that over time. It’s a difficult job


  • Not sure I agree with all the points as I had a couple of horrid teachers when I was growing up but my daughter is a school teacher and she is awesome and ticks all the positive boxes.


  • Yes. But it depends on the person.Pretty sure they will handle the any situation.


  • Interesting, I have never dated a teacher so cannot comment. But I do think it is not what your profession is that matters, people can change their profession at anytime but not their personality, that is a bit harder to change.


  • You could say it about any profession, it comes down to the individual


  • My bestie is a teacher and she is the most down to earth person I know. I can see how she would be a great romantic partner.


  • Some of them may have nice qualities, but some can be mean also. It depends on the individual.


  • Interesting, but I don’t think that you can generalise


  • What about those grumpy, growly teachers?? I sure know a few of those! (and I wouldn’t want to be married to them)


  • While there are always exceptions, it works for me, and many of my friends.


  • I’m sure my husband agrees with this article.


  • Well… I guess yes..my dad keeps very happy as my mum is a teacher.


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