Top 5 Surprising Celebrity Teachers


To be a great teacher, you’ve got to know how to handle a crowd. Maybe that’s why these celebrities commanded their classrooms before finding fame.

Here are the Top 5 Surprising Celebrity Teachers:

Sylvester Stallone: One of the most celebrated action/adventure figures of all time, Sylvester Stallone is also a director, producer, screenwriter and former teacher. The Rocky and Rambo star survived boarding schools and a special education school for "problem children" as a child, and then enrolled in beauty school after high school graduation. Stallone dropped out of beauty school to attend the American College of Switzerland, where he studied drama and worked as a gym teacher.

Jon Hamm: As a drama teacher, the dashing Mad Men star was breaking high school hearts at John Burroughs High School in St. Louis. Even The Office’s Ellie Kemper has been his student who now stars with him in Bridesmaids. Exhibiting his exemplary teaching skills and lifelong memory of students, he even commented Ellie’s success in a Sundance interview: "It's really cool to see them blossom and find their own way in."

J.K. Rowling: J.K.Rowling, a name that needs no introduction, was actually a teacher herself. A literary sensation who has made a fortune off of her fictional world of the Hogwarts boarding school for witches and wizards, and the Harry Potter, admits to having based some Harry Potter characters on her own past teachers.

Sting: He grew up in Wallsend, in northeast England and worked many odd jobs after high school until he enrolled in the Northern Counties College of Education. As he pursued local music gigs, Sting also worked as a teacher for two years at St. Paul’s First School in Cramlington, England.

Sheryl Crow: Sheryl Crow started her path to fame in front of the classroom. She taught music at Kellison Elementary school in Fenton, Missouri while working on her music. After selling a “back-to-school” jingle and other songs, she moved up as a songwriter for larger brands, then sang backup for Michael Jackson before gaining stardom in her own right with “All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun” and other hits.