15 Famous People Who Used to Teach


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15 Famous People Who Used to Teach

You never know what hidden talents your teachers might have. Just look at all of these famous former teachers.

1. Gene Simmons

The tongue-flicking bassist of Kiss taught sixth grade in Harlem before he became the world’s most famous bass-playing demon. Simmons later revealed in interviews that his superiors canned him for replacing the works of Shakespeare with Spiderman comics, which he thought the students were more likely to actually read.

2. Alexander Graham Bell

The telephone pioneer got his start teaching Visible Speech at the Boston School for Deaf Mutes. He developed a bond with a student named Mabel Hubbard, and when she was 19 the two married.

3. Sting

Before he became a star with The Police, Sting taught English, music, and soccer at St. Catherine’s Convent School. Sting later said of working at a convent school, “I was the only man on the faculty. In fact, I was the only teacher not in a habit.”

4. Robert Frost

Robert Frost worked as a teacher to supplement the income from his fledgling literary career. He worked as both a farmer and teacher at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire. His students called him “the Hen Man” because the poet was afraid of chickens, and Frost allegedly had trouble remembering to milk the school’s cows on time.

5. Lyndon Johnson

The man who would later become the 36th president got his start as a principal at the Mexican-American Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas. He later finished his teaching degree and landed gigs teaching public speaking at Pearsall High School in Pearsall, Texas and Sam Houston High in Houston. The debate team he coached at Sam Houston lost the Texas state championship by a single point; Johnson supposedly had to vomit backstage before he could bring himself to congratulate the winners.

6. Art Garfunkel

We can’t speak for Paul Simon, but at least half of Simon and Garfunkel was really, really good at math. Garfunkel nearly earned a doctorate in the subject and was teaching math at the Litchfield Preparatory School in Connecticut when “Bridge Over Troubled Water”soared to the top of the charts.

7. John Adams

The second President of the United States spent a few years working as a schoolteacher in Worcester, Massachusetts. Teaching didn’t suit Adams, who thought his students were nothing more than a “large number of little runtlings, just capable of lisping A, B, C, and troubling the master.” He eventually gaveup the job to go to law school.

8. J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter author worked as an English teacher in Portugal as she plotted out the early adventures of her young wizards.

9. Mr. T

It was hard for Chicago students to be fools when it came to gym class in the mid-1970s. You’d pay attention if Mr. T told you to do jumping jacks, wouldn’t you?

10. Sylvester Stallone

Did you know you were seeing a matchup of tough-guy teachers when you watched Rocky III? When Sly was attending the American College in Switzerland during the 1960s, he worked as a gym teacher to earn extra spending money.

11. Andy Griffith

Before he was a sheriff, before he was Matlock, Andy Griffith was a teacher. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Griffith taught English at Goldsboro High School.

12. Billy Crystal

The comedian worked as a junior high substitute teacher on Long Island while he waited for his career to take off. Among the classes he subbed for: girls’ gym, which must have been a great source of material.

13. Kris Kristofferson

The country star was a Rhodes Scholar who studied literature at Oxford before joining the Army and rising to the rank of captain. Toward the end of his tour of duty, Kristofferson took a job as an English teacher at West Point, but he decided against the professorship at the last minute. Instead of heading to New York, he resigned his commission and moved to Nashville in 1965.

14. Stephen King

Although he initially had to work in an industrial laundry after his college graduation, the horror master eventually found a teaching job that paid a cool $6,400 a year at the Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine. King wrote Salem’s Lot while living in a trailer and working this job during the day.

15. Sir William Golding

The author’s experiences as a teacher helped inform the novel that made his career. He once allowed a class of boys to debate with complete freedom, and the classroom quickly devolved into such disorder that it inspired Golding to write Lord of the Flies.

Can you match the famous people and the events or things that they are famous for?

1. Gene Simmons

a. the star of The Police

2. Alexander Graham Bell

b. the 36th president of America

3. Sting

c. The tongue-flicking bassist of Kiss

4. Robert Frost

d. Harry Potter series author

5. Lyndon Johnson

e. the second president of the US

6. Art Garfunkel

f. inventing the telephone

7. John Adams

g. actor in Rocky III

8. J.K. Rowling

h. famous American poet

9. Mr. T

i. Simon and Garfunkel (Bridge Over Troubled Water)

10. Sylvester Stallone

j. an American actor playing mostly sportsmen in films

11. Andy Griffith

k. a country music singer

12. Billy Crystal

l. writer of Lord of the Flies

13. Kris Kristofferson

m. American sitcom actor, gospel singer, producer (Matlock)

14. Stephen King

n. a comedian

15. Sir William Golding

o. horror, thriller writer


1. c.

2. f.

3. a.

4. h.

5. b.

6. i.

7. e.

8. d.

9. j.

10. g.

11. m.

12. n.

13. k.

14. o.

15. l.

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hidden talents

rejtett tehetség







to get canned




deaf mute


to develop a bond

közeli kapcsolatba kerülni, megszeretni





to supplement the income

kiegészíteni a jövedelmét





to milk




to land gigs

állást találni

to vomit



a színpad mögött

to bring himself to

rávenni magát valamire

soared to the top of the charts

a slágerlisták elejére ugrott

to suit somebody

megfelelni valakinek



to lisp


to do jumping jacks

terpeszállásba ugrani és fej fölött tapsolni


valaminek a megfelelője

to sub for






to resign a commission

visszautasítani egy kinevezést, megbízást

to devolve



rendetlenség, káosz

Lord of the Flies

Legyek ura

Kapcsolódó anyagok

Egyéb megjegyzés