You probably know by now that a good yearbook superlatives list is enough to get your whole school talking. But you know what really get your readers to crack some smiles? Teacher superlatives.
While many schools have traditions of turning their faculty portrait pages into light-hearted affairs, nothing gets your teachers and faculty a spotlight in the yearbook quite like an awards or superlatives section just for them. And for good reason:
They’re an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and dedication teachers put into the school year while giving a nod to the character traits and quirks that make your faculty so memorable. (Plus, nothing beats the feeling you’ll get when you’re able hand a superlative certificate to the winner of “Most likely to win a rap battle.”)
It doesn’t matter if teacher superlatives are voted on by students or by faculty themselves, if they’re straight-up funny or just plain interesting, this is a feature that’s hard not to love.
Read on, as we unveil our list of 35 teacher superlatives ideas and tips for writing your own.
35 Super Awesome Teacher Superlatives
While we’ll spend some time shortly talking about how to write your own yearbook awards for teachers, we figured we would dive right in with some ready-made ideas:
- Most likely to have a new hair style/color
- Most likely to be your friend on Facebook
- Most likely to be found enjoying nature
- Most likely to bring a pet to school
- Most likely to be seen on the big screen
- Most Likely to win Jeopardy
- Most Likely to pack their bags and travel the world
- Most likely to win a rap battle
- Best advice and wisdom
- Most friendly
- Most enthusiastic
- Most likely to create world peace
- Best storyteller
- Most distinguishable voice
- Most school spirit
- Most Likely to Break Out in Dance
- Most Artistic
- Best Smile
- Most likely to not give weekend homework
- Most likely to have a desk full of apples
- Most likely to know the score of last night’s game
- Most Inspiring
- Most Quotable
- Most intimidating vocabulary
- Best Beard
- Best wardrobe
- Scariest death glare
- Most likely to make sarcastic comments
- Most likely to scold you and give you a detention
- Most likely to be mistaken for a student
- Most likely to scold you for eating food near the computers
- Most Likely to Be Accidentally Called Mom/Dad
- Most likely to catch a student texting in class
- Best taste in music
Of course, some of these might do the trick for your teacher superlatives and some of these might not. That’s why it’s a list of ideas. If you’re more the do-it-yourself type, we’ve got some helpful tips below on how to write your own superlatives. In either event, we’ve created a free template for you to use as you build your superlatives list. Check it out here.
Writing Your Own Yearbook Awards For Teachers
To generate your own list of teacher superlatives, sit down with your staff and begin with an old fashioned brainstorm.
Starting with your existing senior superlatives list or yearbook awards list makes the most sense, so simply reframe your list of superlatives so that they’re teacher focused. For example, “Class Clown” becomes “Funniest Teacher” and “Teacher’s Pet” becomes “Favorite Teacher.”
A lot of the same rules apply to yearbook awards for teachers as they do for students, especially if you’re trying to write funny superlatives: Which teachers are fair game? Are the superlatives funny? Or are they mean? It can be a fine line, so be careful and get a second opinion if you think something’s pushing it a little too far.
From there, add to your list using some school-specific superlatives:Does someone embody school spirit like no other? Do some of your school’s teachers have idiosyncrasies so well-known around the building that they’re a shoe-in for one superlative or another?
As you work through the logistics of who’ll do the voting (Just faculty? Just graduating students? The whole school?), you’ll know you’ve hit the right mark when you hear the chatter start in the hallways and see the smiles creep across students’ faces. That’s because including teacher superlatives and other types of awards in your yearbook is an easy way to give special recognition to faculty—a group who help make the school year what it is, but often aren’t recognized in the yearbook.