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I grew up in Vermont.
My elementary school education was characterized by much moving about.
father was an officer in the Army and was stationed in Europe and later
midway through elementary school, I was in a single parent family
never thought of that as a risk. Nor, I suspect, did my mother.
moved just about every year.
I graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester,
VT in 1960. The teacher in high
school who influenced me most was a man by the name of John Fay. For
years, he assigned and diligently scrutinized weekly essays that all
in his classes wrote. During my high school years I played sports and
also worked at Bromley Ski area and had construction jobs in the
I attended Middlebury College
in Middlebury, VT,
graduating in 1964. I majored in American Literature. In that field at
time, one’s senior year was spent preparing for comprehensive
examinations. I recall having two days of written exams and then a
three hour session in which all of the professors of the department
each student. It was during these years that I married my first wife.
two children, Owen Keith Bryant and Kendra Bryant Wisch. Owen is a
factors engineer and Kendra has her own counseling practice in Maine.
After an attempt at a Ph.D. program at the University
of Minnesota, I returned to Vermont
and began teaching English at the Stowe
School, a private boarding
north central Vermont.
This was a wonderful but challenging job. I was able to lead
adolescents on all
sorts of "outward bound" experiences, i.e. camping and hiking trips
through the mountains of the northeast and that was wonderful. It was
challenging because most of these students had experienced significant
in school. These were very formative days for me and many of my
about education were learned from colleagues and students at "Stowe Prep."
I left the Stowe School
in the late sixties and took a full time job on the ski patrolman at
Mountain Ski Area. It didn’t pay much but I got by and loved being able
to ski all day every day. Money and a continued interest in teaching
led me to
northern Vermont and Hazen
This newly consolidated district had a brand new building and a brand
area middle school. I became the curriculum coordinator for the
portion of the school and taught English. At the same time, I began
pre-Civil war farmhouse with my second wife, Sarah. The photo shows her
with the gift she got for her service on the Nebrasaka state Dental
Board. The teaching was a great
time of experimentation and we became one of those programs frequently
by other district educators. The farmhouse was an enormous project but
prevailed and eventually had a dwelling that could withstand Vermont
Chopping wood and fighting snow made us think of warmer climates. In
late 70s I applied for and was accepted in Stanford University’s
program in Administration and Policy Analysis. We packed up belongings
rented the farmhouse and took off for California.
Eight years and several jobs later, including a stint as the headmaster
school in Santa Cruz,
I earned my degree. During those years Sarah and I had two sons, Ben
We lived in various places including Woodside and Palo
and Santa Cruz.
After completing my program, we moved to Lincoln,
Nebraska and the University
of Nebraska. I joined the
Department of Educational Administration.
We live in an older section of Lincoln in a Prairie Style home. Each summer
trips to Wyoming
where we camp and fish and hike. We also get together a pretty
garden every summer. Nebraska's
long growing season can make for a lot of produce once you learn how to
with heat and humidity. There is more reflective information in a file
Ben is now a medical student at Chicago
has completed his two years of coursework and is now working on
rotations. Zac is a junior at the University
of Edinburgh in Scotland
English Literature and has taken up rock climbing. My wife,
Sarah, and I
are both envious of a young man who can travel (and does) so easily