Successful people understand the importance of passion in a teacher. They know, often from personal experience, that a great teacher can change a life. Our growing list of “masters” who want to help us support our strongest teachers includes Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, academic superstars, MacArthur “geniuses,” artists, policy makers, politicians, and business leaders.

  • Azar Nafisi

    ​Professor of Literature, ​Johns Hopkins University, and author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.

  • Jennifer Oxley

    Creative director of the children’s television series Wonder Pets and 3rd & Bird and the co-creator of the PBS show Peg + Cat.

  • Dan-el Padilla Peralta

    Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University.

  • Laurie L. Patton

    The 17th President of Middlebury College.

  • Stephanie Pfirman

    Professor of Environmental Science and Environmental and Applied Sciences at Barnard College.

  • Richard Prum

    Yale University Professor of Ornithology, MacArthur “genius.”

  • Amy Richards

    Activist, writer, feminist.

  • Christian M. Rojas

    Professor of Chemistry, Barnard College.

  • Karen Russell

    Pulitzer Prize finalist for her novel Swamplandia! and MacArthur “genius.”

  • Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

    Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

  • John Sexton

    President Emeritus of New York University.

  • James Shapiro

    Professor of English, Columbia University.

  • Russell Shorto

    American author, historian and journalist.

  • Tracy K. Smith

    Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.

  • Wil Smith

    Director, Seeds of Peace Camp.

  • Stephen Sondheim

    Broadway composer, winner of multiple Tonys, Grammys, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • Art Spiegelman

    Pulitzer Prize winner for Maus.

  • Gloria Steinem

    Feminist, activist, and co-founder of Ms. magazine.

  • Eddie Stern

    Director, Ashtanga Yoga New York.

  • Hanni Stoklosa

    Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking, and ER physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

  • Maria Tatar

    Chair, Program in Folklore and Mythology, Harvard University.

  • John J. Thatamanil

    Professor of Theology and World Religions, Union Theological Seminary.

  • Shirley Tilghman

    President Emerita of Princeton University.

  • Isabel and Ruben Toldeo

    Fashion designer and artist.

  • Basil Twist

    Third generation puppeteer who has produced work for Broadway, Lincoln Center, and the Public Theater.

  • Thomas Wartenberg

    Professor of Philosophy, Mt. Holyoke College.

  • Jerry Zaks

    Broadway director and winner of multiple Tony Awards.