Famous People You Didn’t Know Used to Be Teachers

Have you ever had a really great teacher that you still remember years after you've graduated? Some of these former teachers are more than just impossible to forget — they're famous! Check out more of these famous people who used to be teachers. Did you know about everyone on this list?

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Former President Barack Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004. Obama was a senior lecturer starting in 1996, teaching three courses per year, but he was not considered a full-time or tenure-track professor, according to the school's website.
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"Hamilton" writer Lin-Manuel Miranda taught seventh grade English at his high school, Hunter College High School in New York City, while working on his first musical, "In the Heights." Miranda asked his father for advice on whether he should keep teaching or pursue his writing. "It makes no sense to leave your job to be a writer, but I have to tell you to do it. You have to pursue that if you want," Luis Miranda said in a Playbill interview before "Hamilton" opened. "In the Heights" went on to win the Tony award for best musical in 2008, and "Hamilton" in 2016.
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The author of the Harry Potter saga, J.K. Rowling, was a Modern Languages teacher at Leith Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. Rowling became an outspoken advocate for government benefits in the U.K. having received help as she juggled teaching by day, raising her child alone and writing "Harry Potter" by night.
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Liam Neeson trained as a teacher for two years before he decided the teaching profession was not for him. In an interview with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Neeson admitted to <a href="https://www.aol.com/video/view/552f7ed3e4b002628509c70d/" target="_blank">punching a student who threatened him with a knife</a>.
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Actor and activist Jesse Williams taught high school in Philadelphia before starting his career as a professional actor. One part of Williams' work as an activist today involved helping launch Teacher Truths, a campaign for educators to provide advice to students. He is also on the advisory board of Scholly, a mobile application that helps college students find scholarships.
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Both former president Bill Clinton and the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton <a href="https://law.uark.edu/future-students/why-arkansas-law.php" target="_blank">taught law</a> at the University of Arkansas School of Law, their alma mater.
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Singer Sheryl Crow was a music teacher at Kellison Elementary School in Fenton, Missouri, after she graduated from University of Missouri in 1984.
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Actor Hugh Jackman once taught P.E. at Uppingham School in England. In an interview at the 2013 Zurich Film Festival, Jackman ran into one of his students who just happened to be his interviewer. Reporter Rollo Ross was teased by Jackman who said, "I want to know how your physical education is progressing. It’s very important to me.”
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Jon Hamm was once a drama teacher at his alma mater, the John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri. Hamm returned to the school after graduating from the University of Missouri, and he later helped opened a new theater at John Burroughs in honor of his high school teacher Wayne Salomon, according to the school's website.
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Sylvester Stallone was a P.E. instructor for two years at the American College of Switzerland, where he also attended school. Stallone enrolled as a drama major at the University of Miami after returning to the U.S. He soon left college to pursue his acting career in New York City.
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Author Stephen King started teaching high school English at Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine, in the fall of 1971. He wrote and worked on his novels as he taught and "Carrie" was eventually published in 1974.
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Singer Gene Simmons taught 6th grade for six months before his "band exploded." That band is Kiss, which formed in 1973 and has rocked all night long since.
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TV personality and political commentator Bill O'Reilly is a former History teacher. He started teaching at Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Opa-Locka, Florida, in the fall of 1971.
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