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  • Isabella Harris (1840 - d.)
    Residence : 1850 - Lafayette, ward 1, Jefferson, Louisiana, USA** Reference: 1850 United States Federal Census - SmartCopy : Mar 26 2017, 7:28:06 UTC * Reference: Ancestry Genealogy - SmartCopy : Mar 2...
  • Elwood P. Haynes (1857 - 1925)
    Inventor. He built one of the first successful gasoline-powered automobiles. Also in 1886, he invented a small vapor thermostat used on natural gas. He died from a severe flu attack at age 67. (bio by:...
  • Mildred Dale Apperson (1905 - 1994)
    a teacher at the Anderson Schoolhouse in Ashland, Ohio.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Mar 26 2017, 0:02:45 UTC
  • Douglas Whitaker (1943 - 2017)
    Douglas received a Masters of Education Administration degree from The Ohio State University. After graduation he worked for several area school districts as the Supervisor of Special Education and bef...
  • James Appleton Thayer (1899 - 1978)
    Archive Name: Alumni Horae Volume 58, Issue 3, Page 129, Articles 19 Originally published: Autumn 1978 James Appleton Thayer (1899-1978) By George A. Tracy My association with James Appleton Thayer b...

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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