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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
  • 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