These 11 Leaders Are Running Education But Have Never Taught

Aug 19, 2014 by

By Rebecca Klein –

They design teacher evaluation systems, teacher training guidelines and the types of standards that need to be taught. Yet, they have never been teachers themselves.

These days, being a teacher is clearly not a prerequisite for becoming a leader in education. In fact, some of the leaders with the most daily influence on classrooms come from entirely unrelated fields.

Below we have compiled a list of some of the most influential leaders in education who have never been teachers.

  • Arne Duncan
    While our nation’s foremost leader in education policy has extensive experience in education administration, he was never actually a teacher. In the early ’90s, Duncan headed the Ariel Education Initiative, a program that helped fund college for inner-city kids in Chicago. He became the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools system in 2001, before assuming his post as U.S. Secretary of Education.Education was an important part of Duncan’s early life. His mother runs an after-school tutoring center, while his late father taught at the University of Chicago.

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