- Name: Erin Gruwell
- Born: 08/15/1969 (51 years old)
- Occupation: Executive Director at the Freedom Writers Foundation, Educator, Author, Social Activist, Podcaster
Erin Gruwell (born August 15, 1969) is a Mexican-American teacher known for her unique teaching method, which led to the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them (1999). The 2007 film Freedom Writers and 2019 PBS documentary, Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart, are based on her story. She was an incredibly influential teacher that not only taught her students, but ensured their safety at home. She inspired her students to be successful by giving them guidance and being the role model they needed.
Birth Place: Glendora, California
Erin Gruwell quotes :
Hoping they'd been inspired by the examples of Anne Frank and other teens who had turned negative experiences into something positive by writing about them, I handed out notebooks for my students to journal about their lives. There was some initial resistance. But then the stories poured out of them, full of anger and sadness.Erin Gruwell