17 Celebrities Who Were Teachers Before they Made it Big
Teachers aren’t just people who instruct pupils in a particular subject, they change lives and inspire others. Teachers also encourage students to go after their dreams, motivate them to believe in themselves and guide them toward new interests.
Inspirational stories have a way of tugging at our collective heartstrings and these stories of teachers turned celebrities do just that.
Wait; there are celebrities who were teachers? Yes. In fact, there are quite a few of them. Here is a list of who they are and what they taught.
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At the end of the day, we hope this post encourages you and motivates you to think about your future.
Most famous for: Playing “Andy” on the Andy Griffith Show
Teaching experience: Music and drama teacher at Goldsboro High School // Goldsboro, N.C.
Most famous for: Being half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel
Teaching experience: Math teacher at Litchfield Preparatory School // Litchfield, Conn.
Most famous for: Hosting The O’Reilly Factor political commentary program
Teaching experience: English and history teacher at Monsignor Edward Pace High School // Opa-locka, Fla.
Most famous for: Being a best-selling author
Most famous for: Co-founding the band Kiss
Teaching experience: Sixth grade teacher at Emily Dickinson School // New York, N.Y.
Most famous for: His role as “Don Draper” in Mad Men
Teaching experience: Acting teacher at John Burroughs School // St. Louis, Mo.
Most famous for: Being an American country music singer, songwriter, musician and film actor
Teaching experience: English teacher at West Point // West Point, N.Y.
Most famous for: Being the 36th President of the United States
Most famous for: The 1980s television series The A-Team
Teaching experience: Physical education teacher at Chicago Public Schools // Chicago, Ill.
Most famous for: Being the 44th President of the United States
Teaching experience: Professor at the University of Chicago – Law School // Chicago, Ill.
Most famous for: American poet and playwright
Most famous for: American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and political activist
Teaching experience: Music teacher at Kellison Elementary School // Ballwin, Mo.
Most famous for: His role in the films Rocky and Rambo
Teaching experience: Physical education teacher at American College of Switzerland // Leysin, Switzerland
Most famous for: Writing Lord of the Flies
Teaching experience: English and philosophy teacher at Bishop Wordsworth’s School // Wiltshire, U.K.
Most famous for: Writing American contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy books
Teaching experience: English teacher at Hampden Academy // Hampden, ME
Most famous for: Co-founding the band The Police
Teaching experience: English teacher at St. Paul’s First School // Cramlington, U.K.
Most famous for: Writing the Harry Potter series
Teaching experience: English as a foreign language at Portuguese Language Institute // Manhattan, N.Y.