I'll never forget watching him hilariously narrate the dolphin video In The Wild in science class,
enchant everyone as the heartfelt genie in Aladdin,
inspire us as Mr. Keating in Dead Poets Society,
and so many, many more iconic roles. For me personally, I will always remember seeing DPS and being inspired to teach. The character of Mr. Keating is an inspiring character on his own, but the life that Robin Williams gave to him brought it to a completely different level that I absolutely knew I had to aspire to as an educator. I'm not sure that any other actor could have done what he did as brilliantly.
It's hard to imagine that someone who brought such joy, laughter, and inspiration to the world could be so sad inside. We must always remember that no matter what our place or position in life, there are struggles no one will ever see at the surface level. I will definitely remember it as the school year starts.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here's the lesson revolving around Dead Poets Society and the poetry of Walt Whitman, it's free on TpT if you are interested.