The singer, songwriter and actor, who led The Police for seven years before following a solo career, qualified as a teacher in 1974 and taught English, music and football for two years at St. Catherine’s convent school, where he was the only man on the staff.
The multi-millionaire author of the Harry Potter series of books worked as an EFL teacher in Porto, Portugal. She taught at night and wrote during the day.
The “King” of horror was an English teacher at Hampden Academy in Maine until the publication and success of early novels like Carrie and Salem’s Lot meant he could leave the classroom forever.
The Australian star of X-Men and Les Miserables worked as a P.E. teacher at Uppingham School in England in 1987 during his gap year.
The curly-haired half of Simon & Garfunkel was also good at maths (he actually had a master’s in the subject), and after the enormous success of Bridge Over Troubled Water he decided to take a break from stardom and spent a couple of years teaching at a Primary school in Connecticut.
The colourful front man of rock band Kiss, born in Israel in 1949, briefly taught 6th grade in Spanish Harlem, New York, before achieving fame and fortune in the 1970s.
The US President taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years between 1992 and 2004.
Famous all over the world as the creator of Animal Farm, 1984 and many other literary works, Orwell taught at schools in Hayes and Uxbridge before falling ill with pneumonia.
Alexander Graham Bell
The inventor of the telephone, born in Scotland in 1847, was very interested in speech and in trying to help people who, like his own mother and wife, were deaf. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father and uncle, he taught elocution in both the UK and the USA.
He taught both Spanish and English before abandoning teaching in 1996 and devoting his time to writing. The sales of Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code meant that he never had to return to school.