Rafe Esquith

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 1.05.23 PMRafe Esquith is an award-winning American teacher at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School, in Los Angeles,California, where he has taught since 1984. Many of his students, who are all from a community of poor and immigrant families, start class very early, leave late, and typically achieve high scores in standardized tests. Esquith has authored books about teaching and his annual class Shakespeare productions was featured in the 2005 documentary,The Hobart Shakespeareans. His teaching honors include the 1992 Disney National Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, a Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, Oprah Winfrey’s $100,000 “Use Your Life Award”, Parents Magazine’s “As You Grow Award”, National Medal of Arts, and Esquith was made an honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire.

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