My name is David Bryan. I have been an educator for the past 35 years at the middle school, high school and college levels. For the past 18 years – until July of 2013 – I have been the founding head of New Roads School. I have also been a vegetarian for the past 45 years, and a vegan for 25 of those. Over the years I taught quite a few things. Although it is often useful for students to learn and use specialized vocabulary and skills, what always mattered most to me was helping people peel away the layers of what was in front of them so that what at first seemed too complex to understand became simpler, and what seemed oh so simple became more nuanced and complex. This remains what I care most about.