• The Bread Loaf campus was once a Victorian family resort. It’s surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest. Photo by Dana Olsen.

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 the 2019 Academy for Teachers / Bread Loaf School of English Scholarships are no longer being accepted. Winners will be announced on February 1st.

Applications for 2020 will be accepted in the fall of 2019. (More details here.)


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 ReviewSaint Katherine Review, and Peregrine. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Cave Canem, and Poets House.

Katrina Ruiz has taught for thirteen years in Miami and New York City, most recently at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem. She is a Wilson-certified dyslexia practitioner and intervention specialist, teaching students with language-based learning disabilities and coaching teachers. Her writing has appeared in NANO FictionSaw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, and Leslie-Lohman Museum’s The Archive. A VONA/Voices fellow and member of La SoPA NYC: The School of Poetic Arts, she loves puns and narwhals.

2018 Academy for Teachers / Bread Loaf Scholars

Elizabeth Healy has taught English in New York City’s public schools for 14 years. At LaGuardia High School she delights in integrating music, drama, visual art and dance with her seniors’ AP Literature and sophomores’ British Literature curricula. She has brought a knack for reaching reluctant students, along with her literary insight and collaborative style, to the inaugural Academy Hamlet seminar as well as programs with NEH, New York Public Library, and Teacher’s College. Elizabeth sings with The Manhattan Choral Ensemble, serves on its board, and performs the role of a lifetime: mother of two.
Monica Rowley has been teaching for 16 years, in Honolulu, Philadelphia, and New York City. She teaches World Literature and AP Research at Brooklyn Technical High School and works as a consultant for the College Board. She is also a creative writer and her work has appeared in Yes Poetry and The Ogham Stone. Her various grants and fellowships include summer study at the Library of Congress and with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Laura Wang has been teaching high school chemistry in New York City public schools for five years, most recently at School of the Future. A Fellow of the Academy for Teachers, as well as Math for America and the Knowles Teacher Initiative, Laura incorporates her love of stories and history into her science classes. She and her students have made biodiesel, written letters to the President, and designed public service announcements about the Flint water crisis. She also subjects her students to science jokes on a near-daily basis.