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You never know what talents your teacher might have. Here is the list of top ten famous people who used to teach students at one point of their life, but are now better known for their outside-the-classroom accomplishments:


Long before he adopted his stage name Sting and joined a popular rock band The Police, his students used to call him “Mr. Sumner”. Sting worked as a teacher of English, music, and soccer at St. Catherine’s Convent School.
In his own words, Sting was a terrible teacher and never really bothered to teach kids anything he was not interested in. the only thing he enjoyed at that time was his playing in local jazz bands on evenings, weekends, and during breaks from teaching.

J.K. Rowling

We all know and love the woman who gave birth to Harry Potter and introduced us to an amazing world of witchcraft and wizardry. However, few of us know that Ms. Rowling used to work as an English teacher in Portugal. She taught at night, and wrote her amazing books in the daytime.

Sylvester Stallone

Who would know that Rocky used to be a gym teacher when attending the American College in Switzerland during the 1960s? He wanted to earn some extra cash and that was the easiest way to do so.

Stephen King

The world-known horror master held a teaching job that gave him $6,400 a year at the Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine. The Bachelor’s degree holder taught English during the day and wrote short stories at night. As soon as Carrie was accepted by Doubleday Publishing in 1973, Stephen King retired and was able to focus on his writing career.

Alexander Graham Bell

The future inventor of the first practical telephone, Alexander Graham Bell started his career at the Boston School for Deaf Mutes where he taught Visible Speech. His days and evenings were occupied by his teaching and private classes, but Bell stayed awake late at night, running numerous experiments in rented facilities at his boarding house.

Robert Frost

Robert Frost is almost as famous for teaching poetry as he is for writing it. He worked as a teacher to supplement the income from his literary career. In 1921, Robert Frost accepted a teaching position at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, where he worked for the next 42 years. He was the first ever writer-in-residence at a U.S. university.

John Adams

The second American President worked as a schoolteacher in Worcester, Massachusetts for a few years before giving up the job to go to a law school. An American Founding Father had hard times trying to find a way with his students. Teaching was not stimulating enough and didn’t meet Adams’ intellectual needs so he was glad to quit the hum drum life of a schoolmaster and settle on practicing law.

Lyndon Johnson

Looks like many American presidents preferred to go through the challenges of teaching careers before they took easier positions of politicians. Thus, the 36th president started his career as a principal at the Mexican-American Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas. After finishing his teaching degree, he obtained a position at Pearsall High School in Pearsall, Texas and Sam Houston High in Houston where he taught public speaking.



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