As the school year gets started, here are a few famous people who were once teachers. Can you imagine Gene Simmons from KISS teaching sixth graders? Here are some other teachers who turned out to be famous and will not be receiving a 'Golden Apple Award' anytime soon. Famous real-life teachers according to americanprofile.com include:

Sheryl Crow taught music at a Missouri elementary school before moving to L.A. to become a singer-songwriter. I would find it hard to concentrate in class.

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Before becoming the 36th president of the United States, Lyndon Johnson coached debate at Sam Houston High School in Texas. He was destine to be President.

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KISS bass player Gene Simmons taught sixth grade in Harlem for less than a year. 'Wow' is all I got here.

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Sting was known as “Mr. Summer” to his students at a Catholic girls school in England, where he taught English, music and soccer. He was in 'Synchronicity' with the students I hear.

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Stephen King taught English at a Maine public high school for two years before publishing Carrie, his first novel. Remember his first novel Carrie was about a prom gone gruesomely wrong. Fact or fiction now? (Too scary for me post a picture here)

Andy Griffith, who became famous as the plainspoken small-town sheriff of The Andy Griffith Show, taught music in the south, of course, at a North Carolina high school.

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Roberta Flack taught music and English in Farmville, N.C. before she sang Killing Me Softly and did not have to work again.

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None of my former teachers have major claims to fame. However, to all the teachers in America, you are famous to your students and that's the best reward.