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18 teachers share the former student's life path that surprised them the most.

18 teachers share the former student's life path that surprised them the most.

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While most teachers hope for the best for the future of their students (even the ones who truly drive them crazy), it's rare that teachers are totally surprised by the career paths or life choices their former students make...

Interests and talents are often locked in at a surprisingly early age, but sometimes the quietest student who sits in the back doodling mermaids will grow up to be a highly divisive politician. Students who find a way to break every single rule set by the staff, slack off every subject and coast through each grade seemingly hating everything about school can surprise everyone by becoming teachers themselves.

Teachers often don't get to learn how each one of their students turned out after they taught them second grade art or fifth grade math, but a quick internet search or run-in at the grocery store can be both surprising and rewarding. The clumsiest kid in the middle school who earned the most detentions the staff has ever seen is now a pediatric heart surgeon?

So, when a Reddit user asked teachers, "Long-time elementary school teachers, which of your former students surprised you the most by their adult life outcomes or personality?" people who have taught young students for years were ready to share.

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