Ina Koenig, a German kindergarten teacher, jumped down a 75-foot mine shaft when one of her 3-year-old students accidentally fell down it. It was filled with cold water. For more than 2 hours, she kept the child’s head above the deluge, saving his life, until helped arrived.
John Corcoran, a teacher, taught for 17 years while being illiterate. He struggled in the 6th grade and never learned to read or write, and cheated his way through college. At the age of 47, he finally learned when he was inspired by Barbara Bush advocating for adult literacy.
While filming Pirates of the Caribbean in London, Johnny Depp received a letter from a local 9 year old girl, who asked for help with “munity” against her teachers. Depp turned up with no warning at the school in full Jack Sparrow outfit, but advised against munity.
Oklahoma’s 2016 Teacher of the Year moved to Texas in 2017 for a higher salary.
In 1948 in the US, pregnant women were not allowed to be teachers in 57% of public school districts because “the sight of pregnant women would unfavorably influence students” and because “pregnant teachers’ minds would not be on their work.”
In Oklahoma, it can take a teacher, with a degree, 11 years to reach QuikTrip’s starting salary for full-time employees with just a high school diploma.
37% of public school teachers use personal money to buy food more than once a month for their hungry students. They spend an average of $35/month. With 3.1M teachers in the US, teachers are spending about $400M/year of their personal money to feed hungry students.
A teacher in Queens resigned after an investigation revealed he’d used 11 sick days to compete in professional wrestling matches, once on a televised “SmackDown!” match against Kurt Angle. His name was Matt Striker. He got signed to the WWE, and still makes his living in the Wrestling Industry as a Commentator.
Quality of US teachers was so poor in 2001 that the average teacher only scored better than 42% of students. By 2008, it was only up to 50%. This was done by requiring qualifications such as actually having degrees in whatever they are teaching.
There is a 100-year-old woman still teaching math at her elementary school in Brooklyn.