by the River
from Colorado to the Mississippi Delta
a Cultural Adventure in Teaching, Coaching, and Learning
by Bryce Hach
148 pages, 6 x 9, $12.95 Trade Paper ISBN 978-1-59663-576-0
Special Price: $10.95
Having graduated from high school in Loveland, Colorado—America's
Sweetheart City—where he was quarterback and captain of the football team,
president of his student body and prom king, Bryce Hach decided that he
pretty much had public-school life figured out. Four years later, when he
became a high school teacher and football coach deep in the Mississippi
Delta, he discovered that he still had a lot to learn …
This is a story about America, public schools, educational challenges,
racial issues,poverty-and-wealth and radically differing lifestyles. It's
also a story about warmth and friendship and how both the students and
(especially) their novice teacher learned something new about each other
and life. While a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon
University, Bryce Hach decided, upon the advice of several professors, to
write a memoir based on his experiences in the Mississippi Delta while
working in the Teach For America program. This is his story.
FROM THE BOOK: The school bus was horribly ancient. Holes on the bottom presented the road running under my feet and the bus headlights offered little visual safety after the sun went down. Most driving took place on dusty dirt roads, far from civilization. Our players lived in remote locations that required crossing rickety bridges I thought only existed in children's scary fairy tales. As the bus slowly edged forward across each bridge, I gripped tightly to the steering wheel and my players gripped their seats in case we fell through into the river basin below.
THE AUTHOR: Bryce Hach attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs
and then participated in the Teach For American program, working for two
years as a high school teacher and football coach in Marks, Mississippi, a
small, rural community in the Mississippi Delta. In 2008, Bryce was named
as a 40 Under Forty award recipient by the Northern Colorado Business
Report as one of the forty top professionals in Northern Colorado. He also
received the "Friend of Science" award by the Colorado Association of
Science Teachers. Bryce currently serves as Executive Director of Homeward
2020, a multi-sector driven effort to end homelessness in Fort Collins,
Bryce and his wife Sarah live with their daughter, Ivy, in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Topics: Colorado Prom King and football captain/quarterback joins Teach for America for two years, and moves deep in the Mississippi Delta. Humorous and poignant, teaching, students and cultural awareness.