Jerry Dryer

PhD Candidate in educational leadership
Wilderness First Aid

I was raised by Madison hippies on a steady diet of Kurt Vonnegut and Art-House Cinema.  My family imbued in me a deep appreciation for the natural world and trans-formative personal experiences.

After high school I hitchhiked to Alaska (twice), worked as a sous chef,  collected comic books  and sometimes attended college.  Eventually I became an outdoor educator, working with Camp Manito-wish YMCA and also for a wilderness therapy program.  For the past decade I've been teaching literature, writing, technology, computers, math and cooking at Prairie Phoenix Academy, a small high school in Sun Prairie.

My wife and I courted over a series of picnics, then honeymooned in New Zealand.  We have a thirteen-year-old daughter, and we love family ski vacations. In between the adventures of family, teaching and leading outdoors trips I race cyclocross.  I'm happiest outdoors, either trying some new skill or napping in a hammock.