• Master class with Basil Twist. Photo by Pat Swain.

The Don Quixote “Follow Your Dream” Fellowship

When teachers are inspired, students benefit. The Don Quixote Fellowship supports idealistic, romantic, creative, impractical, adventurous projects born of teachers’ passions.

Projects need not relate directly to classroom practice: a science teacher might study Inuit poetry in Alaska or a pre-K teacher might carve a fifteen-foot marble sculpture. We are looking for applicants who use ingenuity in planning an original experience.

Learn about the application requirements here.


2018 Academy for Teachers Don Quixote Fellows

David Harvey, The Dalton School

Working with Teachers in Rural Ecuador

David Harvey, a math teacher, first traveled with Teachers-2-Teachers Global to Santo Domingo de Onzole in Ecuador. This isolated jungle community, established by escaped slaves, was until recently only accessible by canoe and had no federal funding for education. With the help of the Don Quixote Fellowship, David will return to Santo Domingo de Onzole with his wife, a native of Ecuador and elementary and middle school Spanish teacher, to collaborate with under-trained teachers in under-resourced schools on curricula and other educational issues.

Sarah Murphy, The Browning School

Tiny Box Theater Goes to Scotland

Sarah Murphy, a librarian who teaches theater, co-founded the Tiny Box Theater in her spare time. The group stages unusual puppet shows inside various types of small boxes, for one or two observers at a time. These (very) brief theatrical pieces have been performed at the Figment festival on Governors Island and other venues. Sarah’s Don Quixote Fellowship will allow Tiny Box to develop a new street theater piece and perform it during the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Anita Yu, East Side Middle School

Making Connections with Math through Art

Anita Yu teaches math and started a Women In Science and Engineering group at East Side Middle School. She has long been fascinated by the ways math can intersect with art and has built mathematical sculptures with her students, including a harmonograph and a truncated icosahedron. Her Don Quixote Fellowship will help her realize the long-held dream of attending the Bridges Conference On Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, Architecture, Education, and Culture, this year in Stockholm, Sweden.