Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis campus only



First Advisor

David Rando

Second Advisor

Kathryn Santos

Third Advisor

Michael Fischer


This creative nonfiction piece responds to the canon of literature commenting on academia. It centers around a problematic high school teacher and how his students respond to his atypical behavior within an institution that allows for such actions. In that vein, it contrasts how both he and the school want to appear against the harsh and often bizarre reality. Because the thesis is set primarily in an English class, I employed literary references to comment on the events of the narrative, ranging from Shakespeare to The Great Gatsby. More generally, the thesis comments on the inherent problems with private schools, and how a private school of an exceptionally small size fails to deliver on its promises.