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People Who WERE Teachers

May 11, 2014

Gave up the good work for other pathways

Sometimes we hear about individuals that have a career and mid-way through switch and become a teacher. In fact, some content areas encourage people outside of teaching to consider giving it up to become educators. Not as often we hear about those who were teachers and gave it up for a different pathway.

Below are some who are well known and might just surprise you.

  • Maine’s own Stephen King worked as a teacher at Hampden Academy in Maine before he gave it up for full time writing.
  • Gene Simmons, the KISS musician, taught elementary school in Spanish Harlem. When asked which audience was tougher, his response: “… a room of students is harder to impress than a group of hardcore fans. “[When teaching], you’re in front of an audience who may not want to be there,” he says. “[As a rockstar], you’re in front of an audience who worships at your feet!”
  • J.K. Rowling, best selling author of the Harry Potter books was working as an English as a foreign language teacher in Portugal while writing the first one. She modeled the character of Professor Snape after a teacher that she disliked while in school herself.
  • Jon Hamm, ad exec Don Draper on Mad Men, was a drama teacher at his alma mater, John Burroughs School in Ladue, Mo.
  • Musician Sting was trained as a teacher from 1971 to 1074 at the Northern Counties Teacher’s Training College. He taught for two years at St. Paul’s Middle School in Cramlington, England.
  • Musician Sheryl Crow graduated from the University of Missouri and taught music at Kellison Elementary School in Fenton, Mo. On the side she wrote commercial jingles which led her to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time singing career.
  • Actor Sylvester Stallone was a “gym” teacher in Switzerland while attending the American College in the 60s.
  • Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams graduated from Temple University with degrees in African-American Studies and Film & Media Arts. He taught at a public high school in Philadelphia after college.
  • Actor Andy Griffith was a music teacher at Goldsboro High School after graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1949.

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