The telling of an unlikely friendship, "Before a Canyon" shares one man's surprising experience working with marginalized children in the barrio of South Phoenix, his time in school, out of school, and beyond school. Jeremy Tucker befriends a student, Victor, and navigates barriers in the classroom, in their respective cultures, and in their own surprising lives where their friendship becomes important in ways that neither could have foreseen. Tucker openly explores the vast differences between our country's high echelons of education and barrio public schools, and his story shows how real understanding, respect, and love can occur across the widest canyon. It provides powerful testament that those who can, teach; but those who are truly lucky learn from their students.
|Publisher:||Bright Sky Press|
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About the Author
Jeremy Tucker graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1997. After college he joined Teach for America to work with students in one of America’s highly underserved communities, Phoenix, Arizona, where he taught elementary school. Before a Canyon is a memoir about his time working with a former student. He left Phoenix to begin Harvard Medical School in the fall of 1999. During his time at Harvard, he continued to work with at-risk youth. Jeremy was a pediatric resident at Texas Children’s Hospital for one year. Unfortunately, now he is a patient. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in June of 2005. He receives outpatient therapy and participates in medical activities with limitations. He plans to be a school counselor. A recipient of the National Health Service Corps fellowship, he will focus his career on mental health and adolescent care, especially of those he believes are far under-resourced.
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Before a Canyon based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This book is well written, but even more than that, the words are deep with meaning and evoke an array of emotions that I cannot find words to express. I laughed and cried and felt agitation and elation! The author has a gift of communicating his thoughts and emotions that is rare. After reading his book, I felt a connection to him, even though I don't personally know him. A must read by a gifted writer!
Jeremy Tucker writes the story clearly and honestly, making the reader feel as if they were there -- experiencing the ups and downs of a mentor/child relationship.It is an excellent portrayal of what some children face every day in this country, growing up poor and underprivileged. It helps us realize what some youth have to overcome to succeed in the adult world, (and why a large percentage do not). It is also a must-read for those entering the education world today.
Rarely do I find a book that I begin reading and cannot put down and that evokes strong emotions within me. I found both in Jeremy Tucker's book, "Before a Canyon". "Before a Canyon" is more than a book about a student and his teacher. It is a book about life struggles and accomplishments, sorrows and joys, and imperfections and growth. It is real. It is honest. It is inspirational. Quite simply, it is a must read.