Teachers have hidden talents. Just ask the kids in these teacher’s classrooms.
Gene Simmons: He taught 6th Grade in Harlem. He got in a lot of trouble because he thought the kids in his class would rather read Spiderman Comics than Shakespeare. So during the unit on Shakespeare, all of the kiddos broke out comics that he had provided. Everyone was busy reading, laughing, having fun and in walked the principal. He said there was no way kids could be having this much fun in English and that is how he got busted. His principal asked him to not come back after one year. Gene Simmons and the KISS crew would like to thank you for all of the materials you buy out of your own pocket and trying to find something your kiddos would love to read.
Alexander Graham Bell: The telephone pioneer got his start teaching Visible Speech at the Boston School for Deaf Mutes. One of which was Helen Keller. When asked what was the most important part of teaching, he said relationships. Even in the 1890’s, relationships were the game changer in his classroom. Mr. Bell would like to say thank you for loving those that learn differently, hear differently, and think differently.
Sting: Before he became a star with The Police, Sting taught English, music, and soccer at St. Catherine’s Convent School. Matter of fact, he received his nickname from his students because he often wore a black and yellow striped sweater to immediately play Jazz gigs after school. Sting said the greatest part of teaching was hearing from the children that sat in his classroom seats. You have made a lasting impression on your teacher’s hearts too. So Sting would like to thank you for always remembering those faces. (I would like to say that I remember all of my student’s names but y’all sometimes I look at a kiddo and can.not.for.the.life.of.me remember their name. So everyone is sweetie.)
Robert Frost: I think this one is the funniest!!! He worked as a teacher to supplement his income. He worked as both a farmer and teacher (really great paying jobs haha) at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire. His students called him “the Hen Man” because the poet was afraid of chickens in the schoolyard. Frost had trouble remembering to milk the school’s cows on time and was almost fired because of it. He said writing was a lot easier than farming or teaching. So Robert Frost would like to thank all of you for your hard work and he wants you to remember that even if the kids make fun of you, they are doing it because they love you!
Lyndon Johnson: The man who would later become the 36th president got his start as a principal at the Mexican-American Welhausen School in Cotulla, Texas before he even finished his teaching degree. He then decided he wanted to teach because he liked the children more than the adults (heehee) and became the debate team coach. His team lost the Texas state championship by a single point and Johnson supposedly had to vomit backstage before he could bring himself to congratulate the winners. Johnson would like to thank all of you that put in the extra hours coaching, sponsoring and leading teams, clubs and groups.
Art Garfunkel: I can’t speak for Paul Simon, but at least half of Simon and Garfunkel was really, really good at math. Garfunkel nearly earned a doctorate in the subject and was teaching math at the Litchfield Preparatory School in Connecticut when “Bridge Over Troubled Water” soared to the top of the charts. So I’m sure he would give a shout out to all of the teachers that allow children to listen to music while they work.
They would all like to say thank you for continuing to do a job that they couldn’t. You are amazing!