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Mr. Terupt and I get this question a lot. Mine is pronounced Boo-yay and his is pronounced Tare-upt.
I was born on September 12th, 1976 in Oneida, NY. I grew up in rural Canastota, NY.
I wasn't much of a reader growing up, but I do remember My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. I did like the woods as a young boy. If you asked me now, I'd mention many favorite children's books. In Because of Mr. Terupt, Jessica shares a few.
It started with a few of the characters coming to life in my head. Some of my personal reading helped me figure out how to tell the story.
After six years of elementary teaching, bits and pieces of my former students combined with my imagination, created the seven students in Mr. Terupt's classroom. Are any of Mr. Terupt's students in your classroom?
Reading to my girls on a recent camping trip
Kayaking with the girls at the Cape