Teacher Stories

Educators Share Experiences and Innovations
Reconnecting Schools to Real Food

Chef Tom French has a vision of a school food system that serves healthy local food, and builds bridges between the classroom and the kitchen. This is Chef Tom's story.

If You Give a Kid a Shovel

Joe Gillespie started his first school garden in 1993 with 50 raised beds. Today, he and his middle school students grow veggies year-round and monitor wind turbines. This is Joe's story.

Changing the World: One Story at a Time

For former teacher and "Chicken Soup for the Classroom" co-author Anna Unkovich, a “nightmare” teaching moment was the key to a more open classroom and sharing stories. This is Anna's story.

Happy Teachers :: Reader Comments

The Winter 2009 issue of YES! investigates how to be happy … sustainably. We asked you about happiness in the classroom and beyond. Here is what your colleagues say:

Finding Happiness Beyond the Classroom

At 19, Chris Goodman has worked in the field of education for six years, beginning as a math tutor. Today, he helps inspire students in Baltimore to fight for their rights. This is Chris's story.

The Power of Youth

League of Young Voters' Heather Boxer is a huge believer in the right and responsibility to vote—and the power of young people to change this country. This is Heather's story.

Finding Your Voice Through Food

Karen Cherubini's third graders accepted the EPA's challenge to reduce their carbon footprint by making different food choices. They also learned how asking questions can change your life. This is Karen’s story.

Students as Citizen Diplomats

Since 1986, Bainbridge Island, WA, has maintained a strong relationship with its sister city Ometepe, Nicaragua. Instead of learning about foreign relations, Island students and teachers forge their own personal connections. Here are their stories.

Educating for Eco-Justice in an Era of Ecological Uncertainty

The following paper was written by Chet A. Bowers, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, at the University of Oregon. Professor Bowers’ most recent books include The Culture of Denial (1997); Let Them Eat Data (2000); and Educating for Eco-Justice and Community (2001); and Detras de la Apariencia: Hacia la Descolonizacion de la Educacion (2002).