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10 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Teachers

By Bethany Spencer on June, 21 2017
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For some celebrities it seems as though teaching was a stepping stone in their career to stardom, with many of them spending time at the front of the class before they were famous.Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA skyline at dawn..jpeg

Here are 10 famous people you didn't know were teachers: 

Stephen King: Before he wrote his first horror novel ‘Carrie’, Stephen King was an English high school teacher in Maine.

Art Garfunkel: Following on from Simon & Garfunkel’s three year hiatus in 1963, in between acting in films, Garfunkel experienced a short stint as a Maths teacher.

Brian May: Queen Guitarist, Brian May, got some good use of his Physics degree teaching Maths and Science at a secondary school in Brixton before Queen got their big break.

Sheryl Crow: Once graduated, Sheryl Crow took up the position of Music teacher at an elementary school in Missouri, meaning she could sing in bands on the weekends and evenings.

Dan Brown: Before Dan Brown embarked on his career as a writer, he spent time working as an English teacher and giving Spanish classes to primary school students.

Hugh Jackman: During his gap year in 1987, Hugh Jackman spent a year as a teaching assistant. In 2013 he even bumped into an ex-pupil on the red carpet who had become a showbiz reporter.

Sting: After qualifying as a teacher in 1974, Sting spent two years teaching English to secondary school students.

Gene Simmons: Before Kiss were the success they are today, Gene Simmons took up a brief post as a Year 6 teacher to help fund their musical aspirations.

James Franco: James Franco turned to teaching once he found his fame as an actor. In 2012 he served as a lecturer at UCLA and in 2015 taught an eight-part film class to high school students.

J.K. Rowling: The author of the Harry Potter series was once a teacher when she lived in Portugal and taught English as a second language.

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