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  • Ollie B Morris (1903 - 1981)
    Ollie was born in Grass Run, Harrison, WV, the son of farmers Thomas & Julia (Ash) Morris. He married Eva Ruth Westfall in Clarksburg, WV on Dec. 28, 1933, and they had children Mary Sue and Willia...
  • Eva Ruth Morris (1907 - 2001)
    Ollie B. Morris married Eva Ruth Westfall in Clarksburg, WV on Dec. 28, 1933, and they had children, Mary Sue and William. Ollie was a high school and college teacher, and an engineer. Both Ollie...
  • Irma Virginia Cook (1899 - 1984)
    Artist, teacher, founding member of the Guild of Spartanburg Artists, the oldest artist organization in South Carolina.
  • Walter John Funk (1926 - 1996)
    Walter John Funk Walter J. Funk was born to missionary parents Cornelius and Anna Lorene (Franz) Funk on September 20, 1926 in rural Henan Province, China, although his birth was recorded in the near...
  • Katherine Dunn (1945 - 2016)
    Katherine Dunn was an American best-selling novelist, journalist, voice artist, radio personality, book reviewer, and poet from Portland, Oregon. She is best known for the novel Geek Love (1989). She w...

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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
  • Ezekiel Cheever I -- Noteworthy colonial headmaster of the Boston Latin School
  • 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
  • Amelia Earhart -- member of Purdue University's aviation faculty
  • 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
  • Wallace Shawn -- taught English in India as a Fulbright Scholar
  • 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