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Meme Mix-Up: 'Unhelpful High School Teacher' in Austin School Guide

One of the dangers in using a stock photo? You never know who else has used it.

That’s the situation the Austin School District is finding itself in. As a post on the Austin Reddit page points out, the stock photo gracing the cover of AISD’s guide for new hires is the same photo used in a popular, unfortunately named meme: Unhelpful High School Teacher.

An internet meme, of course, is an image of a person or thing including text from that subject’s perspective: think of the indomitable Scumbag Steve, the ever-helpful Good Guy Greg, or Texas’ own Laina, aka the Overly Attached Girlfriend.

The internet detectives at Know Your Meme trace the Unhelpful High School Teacher image back to a Corbis Images stock photo, and note the meme has been around for a while – even getting the Buzzfeed treatment.

While AISD may get some LOLs out of the mixup – which we’ve confirmed as real, via a PDF version of the guide shared on Reddit – Unhelpful High School Teacher won’t be winning any educator awards. Here’s a sampling of her teaching technique: 

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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