Seven Famous Former Teachers

Education, Featured Article
on August 26, 2014
7 Famous Former Teachers

Who knew some of our favorite celebrities were once teachers? Check out this list of A-listers who once handed out the grades…

  • Sheryl Crow taught music at a Missouri elementary school before moving to L.A. to become a singer-songwriter.
  • Before becoming the 36th president of the United States, Lyndon Johnson coached debate at Sam Houston High School in Texas. Legend has it that Johnson vomited in a rest room when his team failed to win the state championship by a hair-thin margin.
  • KISS bass player Gene Simmons taught sixth grade in Harlem for less than a year.
  • Sting was known as “Mr. Summer” to his students at a Catholic girls school in England, where he taught English, music and soccer.
  • Stephen King taught English at a Maine public high school for two years before publishing Carrie, his first novel (about a prom gone gruesomely wrong).
  • Andy Griffith, who became famous as the plainspoken small-town sheriff of The Andy Griffith Show, taught music at a North Carolina high school.
  • Roberta Flack taught music and English in Farmville, N.C. before she sang Killing Me Softly.

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