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. Paula Patton: Precious

5. Samuel L. Jackson: One Eight Seven

6. Morgan Freeman: Lean On Me

7. Orlando Jones: Drumline

8. Roberta Flack

Roberta taught English and music to students in North Carolina and Maryland.

9. Cameron Diaz: Bad Teacher

10. Whoopi Goldberg: Sister Act I and II

11. Laurence Fishburne: Akeelah and the Bee

12. Julia Roberts: Mona Lisa Smile

13. Bill Bellamy: Mr. Box Office

14. Cedric the Entertainer: The Steve Harvey Show

15. President Barack Obama

Four years before running for president, he was a constitutional law professor and senior lecturer at the University Chicago.

16. Mr. T

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