10 People You May Not Have Known Were Teachers And Professors

You won’t believe some of the famous people who have enriched young minds.

1. Mr. T, gym teacher in Chicago

Before he pitied the fool, he pitied the students who couldn’t do the climbing rope.

2. Roger Ebert, University of Chicago

The late Ebert started out as a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago before pursuing film criticism full time. However, he never actually left the school, serving as a lecturer for the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. Wonder if he graded his papers based on the “thumbs up, thumbs down” scale?

3. Kal Penn, University of Pennsylvania

Back in 2007, Kal Penn, also known as Kumar from “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” was a guest instructor at Penn.

4. Jon Hamm, John Burroughs School

Before he was dishing out life lessons to colleagues as Don Draper on AMC’s “Mad Men,” Jon Hamm taught eighth-grade acting at his alma mater in Ladue, Mo.

5. Gene Simmons, Emily Dickinson School

The KISS bass guitarist taught sixth grade back in the early 1970s.

6. Sylvia Plath, Smith College

A few years after graduating summa cum laude from Smith, Plath returned as an instructor of English language and literature.

7. Sheryl Crow, Kellison Elementary School

In the 1980s, every day was a winding road for Sheryl Crow, when she taught elementary music during the day in order to sing with rock bands on the weekends.

8. Stephen King, Hampden Academy

Imagine the added horror of getting a bad grade when your teacher was Stephen King!

9. Andy Griffith, Goldsboro High School

He taught English and apparently helped to create the high school’s marching band.

10. Sylvester Stallone, American College of Switzerland

Like Mr. T, Mr. Rocky Balboa also moonlighted as a gym teacher. After high school, he coached women’s athletics.

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