I always felt the most guitar teachers milked their students time. Meaning they would teach a bunch of useless crap to string lessons
on longer (*this is from someone who has professionally taught guitar).
People learn in different ways.....some NEED teachers to show them what to do, others can learn from just playing (after learning some basic fundamentals IE correct hand positioning) and others learn best from tab.
A very long time ago I was given the Ozzy Osborne Tribute to RR complete TAB book. 100% novice but had a 5 min. explanation of TAB.
By shear desire and force of will I learned most every song in the album note for note (*with the exception of 2 songs)
After that experience it gave me the muscle control and dexterity to play just about anything, and learned theory, scales and other along the way.
Funny thing is that I still play quite a few of those old tunes!
What works for you and others may be different. The most important thing is to start with a guitar that is properly set up. I can not count the times a young student would come to me and their parents gave them a guitar that was unplayable....and I was expected to teach them on a guitar I couldnt play!
---also.....have fun, never make it work.