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  • Sarah Jane Early (1825 - 1907)
    “The women were ready ” Sarah Woodson Early speaks in 1893 about the importance of women in the church. "In the early days of the [AME] Church when its ministers were illiterate and...
  • General John Smith Littell, (USA) (1822 - 1901)
    General Littell was the recipient of a good scholastic training, which he obtained by attending district school. He subsequently learned surveying, although he never followed that profession. He taught...
  • Jacob K. Weygandt (1840 - 1908)
    1850 United States Federal Census: Name: Jacob Weigandt Age: 10 Estimated birth year: abt 1840 Birth Place: Ohio Gender: Male Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Lawrence, Stark, Ohio Famil...
  • Everett Ainsley Luzader (1884 - 1959)
    Everett A. was a teacher. In the 1930 census, he was Superintendent of Schools in Richwood, Nicholas County, WV. He married Gail Hemsworth in 1914. They had five children: Brooks, Morgan, Eugene, Bea...
  • Winfield Scott Luzader (1852 - 1934)
    Married Clara Davis on 12 May 1881. He was a teacher. Source: WV Marriage and Death Records, and the Revised History of Ritchie County, WV. Photo by B. Metz.

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At right: A perfect example of the classic American one-room schoolhouse, as seen in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Kentucky.


Many people famous for things other than teaching have served as teachers. Some notables include:

  • Gov. J. Lindsay Almond -- taught and was a high school principal in Virginia
  • Dave Brubeck -- taught music and led high school student groups in Fairfield County, Connecticut for decades after achieving fame
  • Stephen Colbert -- longtime Catholic Sunday school teacher
  • Prudence Crandall -- led the first racially-integrated school for girls in America, in Canterbury, Connecticut
  • Sheryl Crow -- elementary school music teacher in Missouri
  • Tony Danza -- taught 10th-grade English in Philadelphia
  • Bob Denver -- taught elementary school phys ed, history, and math in California
  • Sutton Foster -- currently a professor and instructor of theatre at Ball State University
  • Bill Gaither -- taught English before becoming a gospel music star
  • Art Garfunkel -- at the height of his musical career became a high school math teacher in Connecticut
  • Andy Griffith -- taught high school English in North Carolina
  • Capt. Nathan Hale -- Revolutionary War hero "with but one life to lose for [his] country"
  • Jon Hamm -- taught drama at a St. Louis high school; Ellie Kemper was one of his students
  • Peter Hermann -- spent two years in the Teach for America corps
  • Mother Jones -- schoolteacher before becoming a labor activist
  • Stephen King -- taught high school English in Maine before his first bestseller was published
  • Kris Kristofferson -- Rhodes Scholar who taught English literature at West Point
  • Denis Leary -- met his wife, novelist Ann Leary, when she was one of his graduate students at Emerson College
  • Wynton Marsalis -- teaching career includes the Lincoln Center and the Juilliard jazz program
  • Bill O'Reilly -- taught history and English at a Miami-area Catholic high school for two years
  • Itzhak Perlman -- teaching since the 1970s, currently at the Juilliard School's pre-college program
  • Gene Simmons -- 6th-grade teacher in Spanish Harlem
  • Jill Stein -- instructor for decades at Harvard Medical School
  • Rev. Ralph Wheelock -- America's first public school teacher