The Bread Loaf School of English Scholarships
The Academy for Teachers is modeled on The Bread Loaf School of English, at Middlebury College, where passionate students, most of them teachers, take inspiring classes in a beautiful mountain setting. Full scholarships, offered jointly by The Academy and Bread Loaf, will be awarded to Fellows of The Academy for Teachers who show a passion for literature, a love of creativity, and a devotion to teaching. We hope that six weeks among kindred spirits—reading, discussing, writing, playing—will send them into the next school year rejuvenated.
Applications for 2020 are no longer being accepted. The deadline was December 15, 2019. (Scholarship application details.)
2020 Academy for Teachers / Bread Loaf Scholars
Eric Lewis is a teacher of English and special education at Brooklyn Technical High School. He also writes fiction, with work appearing or forthcoming in the Oxford American, Glimmer Train, the New Ohio Review, and Story magazines. Raised in the South, he now calls New York home.
Jim Pratzon has been a high school teacher in New York City public schools for more than 20 years. Lyons Community School in Brooklyn is where he teaches and directs the Lyons’ Needs Theatre Company. His courses have covered English 9–12, World Religions, Comparative Anatomy, Geography 101, and Shakespeare. He earned his MFA in Acting from NYU and is the recipient of LIU’s Teacher of the Year award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters President’s Citation for Excellence.
2019 Academy for Teachers / Bread Loaf Scholars
A Math for America master teacher, Ashraya Gupta has taught science in New York City public schools for a decade and is particularly interested in the ways storytelling connects to the work of scientists and the lives of students. At Harvest Collegiate High School, her courses include Climate Justice and The Artist as Chemist. She serves as faculty advisor for the school newspaper, the Harvest Tribune. After school, she plays with a punk band of fellow teachers, hikes with and without students, and attempts to learn French.
Timothy Ree teaches literature and writing at Brooklyn Technical High School. He holds a BA in English from Wheaton College (IL) and an MDiv from Yale University. His poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Saint Katherine Review, and Peregrine. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Cave Canem, and Poets House.