Great Writers on Great Teachers

As part of our mission to raise respect for the teaching profession, The Academy commissions well-known writers to write about the teachers who made the most difference in their lives. We publish these in charming chapbooks that we snail mail to our Fellows three times a year to cheer them on. We also mail them to our donors and supporters, as a reminder that teachers change lives. We then post them online here, in the order that they appeared, for all the world to see.


Lemony Snicket, 'My Education'
Audio version read by Patrick Warburton,
who played Lemony Snicket in the Netflix series
Alexandra Horowitz, 'Tweak, Memory' Jonatahn Galassi, 'Mrs. Dyer'
Daniel Menaker, 'Rules and Reason' Julia Alvarez, 'Falling in Love' Maira Kalman, 'Mrs. Walters'
Teacher Poems Jonathan Lethem, 'I Remember Carmen Fariña' David Huddle, 'Arraga'
Roz Chast, '5 Teachers' Jess Walter, 'A Better World' George Saunders, 'The Secret Mansion'
Karen Russell, 'Mr. Blackmon'