We decided to highlight former teachers who just so happen to be famous now and the actors and actresses that played them on television and in movies.

1. Jesse Williams

Jesse taught American Studies, African Studies, and English at a public high school in Philadelphia.

2. Jill Scott

Jill was placed at a school as a student-teacher, but her fellow professors disapproved of her unique method of teaching the kids: she often incorporated singing and melody in order to help with memorization. She quit after receiving several negative comments.

3. Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington: The Great Debators

4. Samuel L. Jackson: One Eight Seven

5. Whoopi Goldberg: Sister Act I and II

6. Laurence Fishburne: Akeelah and the Bee

7. Bill Bellamy: Mr. Box Office

8. Cedric the Entertainer: The Steve Harvey Show

9. Mr. T

Mr. T attended the Paul Lawrence Dubar Vocational Career Academy and worked as a gym teacher.

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