Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English
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 of $10,000, 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.

Applicants must be Academy for Teachers Fellows and full-time teachers, of any subject, in a New York City metro-area school. Applicants need not pursue a degree at Bread Loaf.

Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously attended the Bread Loaf School of English.

  • Application deadline: December 15, 2021
  • Scholarships offered: February 1, 2022
  • Bread Loaf session begins: June 28 2022
  • Bread Loaf session ends: August 13 2022

Complete this application, with the following materials.

  • A résumé.
  • A writing sample of no more than 750 words (any sort of writing is acceptable—academic, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, journalism, etc.)
  • In one sentence, tell us why you want to spend the summer at Bread Loaf. Then, expand on your reasons using 750 words or less.

Please arrange for a letter of recommendation to be emailed as an attachment from the recommender directly to rachel@academyforteachers.org.

Note: Selected scholars will need to provide official college transcripts to the Bread Loaf School of English; application materials for selected scholars will also be shared with the School.

Past Bread Loaf School of English Scholars

Lauren Davenport left the corporate world (Nickelodeon) in 2002 to join the NYC Teaching Fellows, and she never looked back. When she’s not teaching AP literature and 9th-grade ELA, she is raising two cool kids and writing. Her most recent fiction has been featured in Ponder Review, Cactus Press, and the Blue Earth Review.

Eric Lewis is a teacher of English and special education at Brooklyn Technical High School. He also writes fiction, with work appearing or forthcoming in the Oxford American, Glimmer Train, the New Ohio Review, and Story magazines. Raised in the South, he now calls New York home.

Jim Pratzon has been a high school teacher in New York City public schools for more than 20 years. Lyons Community School in Brooklyn is where he teaches and directs the Lyons’ Needs Theatre Company. His courses have covered English 9–12, World Religions, Comparative Anatomy, Geography 101, and Shakespeare. He earned his MFA in Acting from NYU and is the recipient of LIU’s Teacher of the Year award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters President’s Citation for Excellence.

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 Review, Saint 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 Fiction, Saw 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.

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.

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