From our tender years until the time we receive our college degrees, teachers play a crucial role in our lives. They are primarily responsible for the knowledge we possess, the way we value the process of learning and self-growth, and—to a certain extent—our approach to life itself. Although we may not always be fully aware of the impact our educators make on our self-development, the lessons they teach are souvenirs we carry throughout the journey of our lives.

But some teachers have touched more than just a few generations of thinkers and doers; others have inspired for decades, centuries, even millennia. Throughout history, several individuals have stood out as teachers worthy of honor and renown because of their revolutionary vision, their mastery of their respective fields, and the way they have made a difference in the lives of their pupils and disciples. No matter where they lectured--on a pulpit, under the shade of a tree, in the confines of a schoolhouse, or through their literary masterpieces and canonical works, these people will always be lauded for their contributions to world of teaching.

Learn about just 10 of the many great teachers the world has known in the slideshow below.

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