The National Teachers Initiative featured the work of teachers striving to increase the number of students who graduate prepared for college and careers.

National Teachers Initiative Stories

John Cruitt speaks with his former third grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, about how she helped him through his mother's death.
Recorded in Monroe, New York
“I should have died at age 19.”
“As if high school is not hard enough...”
“I worked harder than I have ever thought of working.”
“I went home that first night, and I was like, 'What am I doing?'”

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About the National Teachers Initiative

This 18-month Initiative celebrated the work of public school teachers across the country.

By recording, sharing, and preserving these stories, we called attention to the invaluable contributions teachers have made to this nation, honored those who have embraced the profession as their calling, encouraged teaching as a career choice, and helped to unify the country behind its teachers.


National Teachers Initiative Stats

  • 20,970

    Minutes of Audio Recorded for the National Teachers Initiative.

  • 1,413

    Teachers, Mentors & Students Shared their Stories.

  • 27,762+

    Miles Traveled to Record the Stories of Teachers & Students.

  • 687

    The Number of Interviews Recorded for this Initiative.

National Teachers Initiative News
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StoryCorps Door-to-Door traveled to Missoula, Montana, to record stories for our National Teachers Initiative. We were hosted by the Graduation... Read more.


Funding for the National Teachers Initiative Provided by

  • Major Funding Provided By

  • National Broadcast Sponsors

  • National Partners

    NPR American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress