After 12 years, I’m getting a haircut on Saturday, April 7th!

Posted On April 4th, 2012

I am excited to report that my 12-year quest to convince 1,000 people to become teachers ¬†will end on Saturday, April 7th, 2012, at the¬†Bowery Poetry Club at 8 pm. Please come help me celebrate the release of my new book and watch as 10″ of my hair gets cut off and donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

There will be special appearances, poems, and a musical appearance by The Mighty Third Rail.

Admission is $10.

  1. I just want to say that you are amazing!
    I appreciate your goal to reaching 1,000 teachers to teach.
    When I was a child I already knew that I wanted to be a teacher and now I am an undergrad student at Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Elementary Education and Reading. Right now I am studying abroad in South Korea to teach English to Korean Elementary students. This is one exciting experience. I just thought that I’d share a small but BIG part of my teaching experience with you, because I assumed that you would want to know about something like that.
    I don’t have to tell you to continue doing what you are doing with education and inspiring others because I know that you will.
    Congratulations on meeting your goal and I respect the fact that you decided to donate your hair.
    God Bless and take care Taylor! :)

  2. Just a quick note to you Taylor. I have watched “What Teachers Make” every morning since I started my teaching career (and after school if it was a bad day.) I am part of the teacher union in British Columbia that is currently on strike and your poem has encourage many of my fellow members to stay strong when walking our information lines. Thank you for your razor sharp insight and daily inspiration. All the best to you and yours!

  3. I just wanted to thank you for the inspirational work that you have done. I have only been a teacher for a short amount of time and was at a point where I felt like I was making no progress. Then someone sent me a link to your poetry which inspired me to give it another go. Thank you so much for your work. I look forward to reading your book.

  4. Thank you for sharing your writing and encouraging teachers in such a powerful way. The popularity of your poem “What Teachers Make” could not have come at a more critical time as we were being crucified by politicians and pundits in the news media. Just when I thought most of America thought we were a bunch of lazy, pathetic excuses for human beings, I saw and heard your poem on Facebook posted by another teacher. Your anger and frustration at being judged by people who wouldn’t last 5 minutes in a classroom matched my own. It felt good to know someone with your eloquence and passion was speaking up for us. Blessings on you for caring enough to share your gift to continue to make a difference, not just for students, but for teachers as well.

  5. I have been a history and special education teacher for the past 36 years. I wake up each morning with a smile on my face in anticipation of the day ahead. I walk into an empty building at 7 am each day, and watch in wonder as it becomes a small town of 1800 residents, our students and fellow staff. In the halls, I smile and say hello to kids I have never had in class, and I watch as they look at me in wonderment. Then the next time I see them, they say hi and smile at me first. I volunteer in clubs and I volunteer coach because I like it and I feel it’s important – my kids tell me it is. I am 58 years old, but feel like 28 when I am around my students. I have never contemplated retirement because I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. BUT… I live and work in New Jersey, and we teachers are under attack big time. Your words and mission inspire me and others, so thanks, Taylor. And by the way… You’ve got the title right, my friend. It is the greatest job in the world. I feel blessed to have it. Keep it up, Bro. We need you!

  6. I might not have been inspired to become a teacher by you, Taylor, but I am inspired to continue to be a teacher by you on a regular basis. Whenever I have a bad day, spent too much time with an administrator, had to grade to many papers, or could not get consistent internet connection in my classroom, I play “What Teachers Make” for myself. When I am feeling underappreciated and disrespected I play it for my students. Too much crap from my vice principal warrants “I’ll Fight You For The Library”. I am so proud that you both moved on from teaching to pursue your passion and that you pay it forward by being one of a very few people with the skill and drive to keep reminding people what making a difference really means.

  7. Congratulations!
    I was first exposed to your poetry while in college to already become a teacher, but I have been inspired by your work regularly ever since. As a middle school Language Arts teacher in Connecticut I have used your poems in my classroom, and am hosting my school’s first ever poetry slam two days before you cut your hair.
    Thank you for your words, your passion, and your commitment. Keep up the good work, and hopefully down the road I can get you to visit us here at my school.
    Best of luck moving forward!

  8. Hey, just wanted to say thanks. The other day I saw ‘What Teachers Make’ on Youtube and it almost made me cry. I’m a highschool teacher in Chile (South America) and the day had been rough. I felt so good after hearing your poem that I’ve been coming back for more encouragment ever since. Thanks for spelling everything out so clearly and so dramaticaly as to make me realize what I love about what I do.

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