9 Celebrities You Wish Were Your English Teacher
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Isn’t it crazy to think that your old English teacher could have written a book that sold 500 million copies worldwide or written a Broadway musical that won 11 Tonys? They could be a Marvel superhero, a rockstar, or even a prince. Yes, you heard me right, your former English teacher who always had a mug in their hand and books scattered across their desk with a pile of essays that needed grading. Here are nine celebrities who you did not know taught English.
The American actor of The Office (US) and director of A Quiet Place wanted to become an English teacher in college. He spent six months teaching English in Costa Rica as a student-teacher. He attended Brown University, where he studied English. According to an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Krasinski said, ”I was in college, and I was going to be a teacher up until the end… I went to a theatre school, and it changed my life”. It is probably a good thing that Krasinski switched his career path because it very well could have been your stapler or “World’s Best Teacher” mug encased in jello. Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/johnkrasinski/
Watch the full interview with John Krasinski here
Lin Manuel Miranda
Lin Manuel Miranda is a triple threat; Broadway legend, creator of Tony-winning musicals and an English teacher! After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2002, Miranda’s first job was as a seventh-grade English teacher at Hunter College High School, where he was an alumnus. He described the position as being one of the most rewarding jobs he has ever had. Miranda explained that teaching would simply entail performing. “I invariably found the more I listened, the less I spoke, the more effective I was as a teacher”. His favourite literature pieces to teach were Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare. Miranda quoted, “I found the magic of teaching really is introducing an idea” which gave his students the confidence to understand real-world situations and engage with the reading. Social Media: https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel
Read more about Lin Manuel Miranda here
Before she wrote a series about a boy who lived under the stairs with a lightning bolt scar, Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts author J.K. Rowling was an English teacher in Portugal. After graduating from the University of Exeter in 1986, she answered a job advertisement looking for people to teach English abroad in Portugal. Rowling would write by day and teach by night. Magic wasn’t the only thing in the air as Rowling met and married her husband, Jorge Arantes. In 1993, Rowling gave birth to her daughter Jessica and soon would divorce her husband and move to Edinburgh. Four years later, J.K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Social Media: https://twitter.com/jk_rowling
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, spent ten weeks volunteering as an English teacher in southern Chile. During his gap year in 2000, Prince Charles and William agreed that his gap year should be educational, vocational, and above all safe. Prince William would participate in British Army training exercises in Belize, where he would work on a dairy farm, visit other countries, and teach English to children. During his time in the Raleigh International Program, William lived with some of the other volunteers. Can you imagine eating breakfast with the future king of England in your kitchen?
Hobbits, dragons, and precious rings, oh my! The best-selling author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R Tolkien taught English language and literature at Oxford University. Tolkien was a professor from 1945 until his retirement in 1959. During his teaching years, he published some of the most well-renowned books ever written, The Hobbit and the sequel, and The Lord of the Rings.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch taught English in Darjeeling, India, before returning to England to study Drama during his gap year. Cumberbatch told a London-based journalist, “I was teaching English to Tibetan Buddhist monks in a Nepali home near Darjeeling”. He explains how they taught him a lot and described the people as “amazingly warm, intelligent, humorous people”. His time in Darjeeling helped him become cool, calm, and collected in his personal life. Cumberbatch said he has a new ability to focus on the present and not be distracted by outside forces. There was no doubt Benedict Cumberbatch could relate to the role of Doctor Strange!
Watch the full interview with Benedict Cumberbatch here
British singer and songwriter, Sting a.k.a Gordon Sumner, is better known for his hit songs and musical abilities and not his teaching skills. After graduating from Northern Counties College of Education in 1974, Sting was able to get a teaching position at St. Paul’s First School in Cramlington. He taught English, Music, and soccer for two years before returning to music. Since then, Sting has been sweeping Grammy awards and inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/theofficialsting/
Before playing pretty boy doctor on Primetime Emmy award-winning television show Grey’s Anatomy, Jesse Williams taught English in the Philadelphia public school system. He followed in his father’s footsteps as his father taught History up in northern Maine. Williams was a part of the school system for six years and taught subjects such as African Studies, American Studies, and English. He took on a teaching position after reflecting on his education. Williams moved from an overcrowded and underfunded school to one with better resources and educational outcomes. He wanted to be a part of the solution to give children who don’t have the wealthy zip codes a chance at a better future. It’s a beautiful day to save education! Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/ijessewilliams/
Child-eating clown, pig’s blood prom queen, and terrifying ten-year-old twins are exactly what you want your English teacher to write about in their spare time… right? Best-selling author Stephen King used to be an English teacher at Hampden Academy in Maine. After graduating from the University of Maine, King could not find a teaching position at first. Not long after starting his teaching career, King would write short stories and work on novels during the evenings and weekends. He soon would write and publish his novel Carrie. Due to the novel’s popularity, King stopped teaching to pursue his career as an author full time. Stephen King has written at least eighty-one books, and the majority have been adapted into movies and television shows. Social Media: https://twitter.com/StephenKing
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- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think Everything TEFL Ltd has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the Everything TEFL Ltd processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the Everything TEFL Ltd has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, Everything TEFL Ltd is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.