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. Then we post them online for the world to see.


Roz Chast, “5 Teachers”

George Saunders, “The Secret Mansion”

Karen Russell, “Mr. Blackmon”

Jess Walter, “A Better World”