school·​teach·​er | \ˈskül-ˌtē-chər \

Definition of schoolteacher 

: one who teaches school

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Synonyms for schoolteacher


educationist [chiefly British], educator, instructor, pedagogue (also pedagog), preceptor, teacher

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Examples of schoolteacher in a Sentence

schoolteachers don't always get the summers off, for some teach during that period as well

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One schoolteacher took home five children, who were reunited with their parents the next day after some were released with electronic ankle monitors by immigration authorities because there was no one else to care for their children. Washington Post, "Far from Southwest, children of workplace raids await fate," 24 June 2018 Retired schoolteacher Jackie Brown-Cockerham, a Democrat, finished third. Drew Broach,, "Kenner gives Mayor Ben Zahn full term, ousts two City Council members," 24 Mar. 2018 That year, Baltimore voters elected a city schoolteacher named Verda Welcome to the Maryland Senate — the first black woman in the United States elected to a state senate. Tim Prudente,, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 Nicole Arteaga, 35, a schoolteacher in Peoria, Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix), posted a long status with a picture of a business card, belonging to a pharmacist in her town. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "How a Walgreens Pharmacist (Legally) Refused to Give This Woman a Doctor-Prescribed Abortion Pill," 25 June 2018 Looking for Lilith Theatre Company show follows two schoolteachers an African American and a Caucasian whose friendship and lives are affected when racial issues arise at their school. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for something to do? Check out these events in Louisville starting Thursday," 31 Oct. 2017 Dutton’s also a grandfather longing to know his only grandson, Tate (Brecken Merrill), who lives on the Broken Rock reservation with his parents, Dutton’s estranged son Kayce (Grimes) and his schoolteacher wife, Monica (Kelsey Asbille). Ellen Gray,, "With Kevin Costner in 'Yellowstone,' Paramount Network finds home on the range," 15 June 2018 Budd, an Ohio schoolteacher, suffered severe brain injuries and lost an eye. Fox News, "Parole denied for men linked to rock toss that severely injured teacher," 21 Mar. 2018 The show not only features a spinster schoolteacher but also plenty of personalities including an inept detective, a stingy restaurant owner, a spoiled niece and a doting cowboy suitor. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Audience assists in solving ‘Touchtone 'M' for Murder’ mystery in Orland Park," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of schoolteacher

1751, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of schoolteacher

: someone who teaches in a school


school·​teach·​er | \ˈskül-ˌtē-chər \

Kids Definition of schoolteacher

: a person who teaches in a school

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