14 Former Teachers You Might Not Expect

Hugh Jackman
Before finding fame on the silver screen, Hollywood star Hugh Jackman spent a year as a Teaching Assistant in prestigious Uppingham School.

Sylvester Stallone
Best known for his action-packed films, Stallone taught PE to support his time at the American College in Switzerland.

Sheryl Crow
After graduating from college, Sheryl Crow taught music at an elementary school in St. Louis.

The musician taught for 2 years at St Pauls First School before finding fame in The Police.

Gene Simmons
It’s difficult to imagine the face-painted, hard-rocking KISS singer teaching pre-teens in New York, isn’t it?

J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling began her career as a Teaching Assistant in Paris during her third year at university before moving to Portugal to teach English. She returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, here she trained as a teacher and taught MFL in the city’s schools.

George Orwell
This renowned author taught at a school in London, where he drew on his experiences in the classroom for the novel ‘A Clergyman’s Daughter’.

Jon Hamm
The ‘Mad Men’ Actor taught drama for 2 years at his former high school.

Brian May
The rock legend taught maths in South London after achieving a BSc with Honours in Physics.

Art Garfunkel
Not many people choose to teach during their height of fame, except from Art Garfunkel of course. In late-1971 during a three-year hiatus, he taught maths at a private school in Litchfield - a short-lived career before returning to his music career in late-1972.

Stephen King
Horror author, Stephen King worked as an English teacher after graduating from the University of Maine.

Spike Lee
In the mid-1990s director Spike Lee taught a course at Harvard about filmmaking, before going on to teach on the Graduate Film Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1993.

Bill Clinton
The former president taught law at the University of Arkansas, here he concentrated on his goal of running for political office.

Billy Crystal
This American actor, comedian, writer and producer worked as a substitute teacher on Long Island while he secured gigs at colleges and coffee houses.

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