Funny & Inspirational Teacher Retirement Quotes & Gift Ideas

Any teacher that’s about to retire can surely say, “It’s been quite a ride!” Some days felt endless, yet the years evaporated in the blink of an eye! If you’re sending well wishes to a soon-to-be-retired teacher here are some funny and some inspirational messages to share.

If you’re looking for a gift to give your retiring colleague they’re sprinkled in as well

Funny Teacher Retirement Quotes

Old Teachers Never Die, they just grade away.

School’s out forever; I’m retired.

You know you’re a retired teacher if…

You eat all fruits except apples

You still hear the sound of the bell

You avoid cafeteria style restaurants

You don’t own any red pens

And everyday is summer break!

What do you call a teacher who is happy on Monday? Retired.

A retired math teacher is like a regular math teacher but without any problems!

Retired teacher – every child left behind!

A retired teacher aka perpetual recess

I retired from teaching for health reasons: Administration was sick of me and I was sick of them!

I survived a teaching career with my sanity intact!

He who laughs last at the boss’s jokes probably isn’t far from retirement.


After dedicating your life to children it’s time to look after yourself. Have a great retirement; it won’t feel like the same school without you.

Your presence will be missed by teachers and students alike. But you’ve earned a rest! So enjoy your retirement

You will forever remain in the hearts of the students you touched. Happy retirement to an outstanding teacher!

Retired, but forever a teacher at heart!

The influence of a good teacher can never be erased!

You are not ending a career, you are completing a noble calling

You cannot retire from being great. So, in that sense, you aren’t completely retiring.


“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

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