Erin  Gruwell

Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. An educator, she authored The Freedom Writers Diary, the New York Times bestseller that chronicled Erin’s extraordinary journey with 150 high school students who had been written off by the education system. By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students’ lives. In January 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank as Erin. Erin’s experience as an advocate for students and education caused her to found the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. Recently, Erin’s teaching methods have been published in the Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide. Proceeds from the sale of all books directly fund the Freedom Writers Foundation. Her website