Here’s a list of celebrities who used to be teachers before they were famous. These teachers went on to a slightly higher-paying job. In fact, some of these celebrities performed in college bands.
Sting – Although the students would have referred to him as Mr. Sumner, Sting went to the Northern Counties Teacher’s Training College from 1971 to 1974. He taught for two years at St. Pauls First School in Cramlington in northeast England. As an elementary level school teacher Sting’s education skills included a variety of subjects.
Stephen King – Best-selling horror-author Stephen King graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Maine. He also received a certificate to teach high school. King lived in a rundown trailer while teaching English at the Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine. Hampden is a public high school established in 1803.
Gene Simmons – After graduating high school, Gene Simmons went to college to get a degree in education. He performed in a number of bands, which never went anywhere. Simmons graduated college and became an elementary school teacher in Spanish Harlem before finally meeting up with Paul Stanley and launching KISS.
Art Garfunkel, as half of Simon and Garfunkel, on of the most successful duos of all time, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art history and a Master’s degree in mathematics. Garfunkel met Paul Simon in sixth grade and the two performed underthe names Tom and Jerry. Garfunkle adopted the monicker, Tom Graph (showing his early interest in mathematics) because he liked to graph hits from the pop charts.