Every teacher dreams to be the best for their student. Starting from the very first day they step into a class, to the end of the semester when the student leaves your class, each teacher tries to instill, inspire and invoke the spirit of learning in their students’. This factor is a universal truth. Here are the top ten professors we’ve found who’ve made an impact on their students:
1. Boya Yang, China
First on the ‘Top Ten Professors’ list is Boya Yang. Yang is the Co-founder and Vice Director of the Kunming Sunflowers Youth Affairs Service Center. Additionally, she is the Scientific Director at the Bureau of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences in Kunming. She works as a Psychology teacher and the Director at a local school and has been advocating to advance policies of education.
Boya received both local and international acknowledgement for her contributions. She was also the very first Chinese teacher to be listed as a finalist in 2017’s Global Teacher Prize. Apart from this, Boya is an activist in the philanthropy sector who was the Quick itch Award Winner at the Global Social Venture Competition in 2017. Forbes China has labelled her as one among the Country’s most prominent influencers in the educational sector.
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She has does a tremendous amount of work in the field of teenage psychology and has provided special aid to girls. Boya’s greatest achievements include her initiative in bringing together a group of teachers from local schools to enhance personal and social education, an initiative that has spread across over 80,000 recipients.
2. Andria Zafirakou, United Kingdom
“There is no other job like being a teacher. In what other profession are you selfless and completely devoted to creating the right opportunities for another person to achieve? Being in a classroom and watching a student have an idea and transform it into a formidable outcome is so satisfying and fulfils me.”
Next on the list of ‘Top Ten Professors’ is Andria Zafirakou from the United Kingdom. She received her Global Teacher Prize award in 2018. Furthermore, it was her students who set the world record for the largest human formation of a hashtag. This was achieved at the Global Education and Skills Forum. Andria teaches in Alperton Community School, a secondary school academy, in the inner city borough of Brent.
She dedicated her time to the school with the toughest background to deal with. It was a huge task because of its extreme ethnic diversity. Students came from some of the poorest families in Britain. Most shared one house with five other families and many were exposed to gang violence.
She took the role of an art and textiles teacher along with becoming a member of the senior leadership team. Through this, she earned the trust of her pupils and their families. To top it off, she took the forefront to restructure the curriculum across all subjects from scratch with other teachers to have it resound with her pupils.
3. Maggie MacDonnell, Canada
“Teaching represented the ideal way to connect to youth, and have the opportunity to understand their realities and design programs to help them reach their goals.”
Maggie MacDonnell has been an inspirational figure for the students of Canada and an ideal teacher to every student. Her approach to life of students has been that of converting problems into solutions. She’s involved in initiatives related to issues of Teenage Suicides and Pregnancy.
“Acts of kindness”, a programme she started, has dramatically improved school attendance. This includes activities such as running a community kitchen, attending suicide prevention training and hiking through national parks.
4. Mehran Sahami, Iran:
Next, we have Mehran Sahami. He is not just the regular professor you meet at colleges. With a hint of humour, insight, and the love of learning, his everyday lectures are a sight to cherish! He also brought forward the ‘a candy per question’ where he encourages his students to ask questions and reward them with candy. Moreover, we should mention that Mark Zuckerberg is a regular at his lectures.
Apart from being a great teacher, Mehran has been an amazing researcher as well. He did Machine Learning way back in the 90s. He co-organized ICML/ AAAI-98 and IJCAI-99. Before joining the Stanford faculty, he was a Senior Research Scientist at Google and a Senior Engineering Manager at Epiphany.
5. Zev Rosenwaks, New York
Zev Rosenwaks is known as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Cornell University and Director and Physician-in-Chief of the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He also received his M.D in 1972 in Brooklyn from the SUNY Health Science Center.
This internationally renowned personality is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was also the Director of the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia. Yes, this was the unit that achieved the first IVF pregnancy in the United States!
6. John Beyers, Baltimore:
Ever thought if it was possible for professors to make math interesting? Well, John Beyers is your guy. He is one among the top mathematics teachers in the world who has won numerous awards such as the UMUC Presidential Award, Adelle F. Roberston National Educator of the Year Award. Did we mention that he’s also the recipient of the Alexander Charters Mid-Atlantic Regional Educator of the Year Award?
Furthermore, he ranks second for being the university professor on Rate My Professors. According to the students using this site, Beyers gives good feedback, cares about people and gives extra credit. What more makes you the best right?!
7. Rona Miles, New York:
Rona Miles is a licensed psychologist and a professor at Brooklyn College since 2000. Apart from winning the Award for Excellence in Teaching, she also has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 on the website ‘Rate My Professors’.
A student quoted that “Miles inspires us all with passion, for tackling the apathy toward science, and for empowering us with our own ideas.”
8. Walter Lewin, Netherlands:
Professor Walter Lewin is also known as the professor who brings Physics to life. His roots go back to the Dutch as a famous astrophysicist and former professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He got his Doctorate in Nuclear Physics in 1956 from the Delft University of Technology.
He taught as a part of MIT’s physics faculty for 43 years beginning in 1966 until his retirement in 2009. His students comment on his extreme dedication and out of the box methods he uses in classrooms to demonstrate each factor.
9. Saeed Farokhi, Kansas:
Next on our list of Top Ten Professors is Saeed Farokhi, a professor of Aerospace Engineering at The University of Kansas. His areas of interests are Propulsion Systems, Flow Control, Renewable Energy, Wind Turbines and CFD. With classes filled with humour, monologues that illustrate the problem and solutions and approachable manner, he is easily one of his students’ favourites. His two books are brilliant and present a practical point of view.
10. Arvind Gupta, India:
At a first glance, the Padma Shree Award winner Arvind Gupta is an Indian toy inventor and expert in science. But looking deeper, we find that he has developed many useful low-cost teaching/science teaching aids using locally available materials. The idea to use daily objects or ‘Science in everyday life’ contributing to recycling products into blissful toys for children was his key research. Arvind Gupta’s first book, Matchstick Models and other Science Experiments, was translated into 12 Indian languages by various Popular Science groups and sold more than half a million copies. Gupta has also conducted workshops in over 2000 schools and has won many national and international awards.
All of the people have the same thing in common i.e., passion for teaching. Their thirst to Keep Learning and instilling this in other have made them stand out.