John Foley Tundra Teacher: A Memoir

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Tundra Teacher: A Memoir

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Author John Foley came to Alaska as a newspaper reporter. He taught in the Yup'ik Eskimo village of Gambell on a Bering Sea island. There, he and his wife learned about the Yup'ik culture, helped haul in a whale, looked out for polar bears on the way to school, and adjusted to life with a honey bucker. Foley also taught in the Athabascan Indian village of Tetlin, where his duties included helping a young woman adjust to the relentless pursuit of men. TUNDRA TEACHER examines Foley's relationship with the women in his life, his students, Native Alaskans, and fellow teachers. Told with humor, honesty, and a healthy dose of political incorrectness, it delves into a sometimes strange and always fascinating world.

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John Foley is a high school teacher and basketball coach living in Vancouver, Washington. He worked as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago suburbs and in Alaska for nearly a decade, covering sports, police, features, and any other beat that didn't require him to attend sanitary sewer meetings. Foley left the Anchorage Times after two years to pursue a teaching career, and subsequently taught in the Yupik Eskimo village of Gambell and in the Athabascan Indian village of Tetlin. An avid traveler, Foley has hitchhiked through most of North America and western Europe. He married his second wife, Julie, in April 2002, and currently enjoys hiking in the Cascades and kayaking on Puget Sound.

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"On a frontier, you can make the most of yourself and contribute to others while having a whale of a good time. You don't have to go to Alaska to find your frontier. You can find it anywhere. Think of this book as your trail guide. When I ask people why they came to Alaska, I am astonished how many say that a book inspired them. Most people who explore their personal frontier begin with a fantasy. In this book, I will show you how to explore your potential. I will show you exactly how this frontier stragegy works, tell you what you will need for the journey, and warn you of the risks. And I will introduce to perfect strangers who appear out of nowhere to give you a hand--a very American trait."

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