I am John Pruett, and I am the product of public school teachers, literally and figuratively. Both my parents worked in and retired from public schools.  I was raised on St. Simons Island and have an English degree from the College of Charleston. I was licensed to teach at UNC-Asheville and am a perpetual master’s candidate at WCU. I’ve taught for Asheville City Schools for sixteen years, eleven at Claxton. I’m fortunate to work with kids smarter than me - they just haven’t been around as long as I have.

I am happily married with two beautiful and brilliant daughters. We feed and maintain two coal-black cats, Zeus and Shadow. Asheville has been a wonderful place for us.

I love to cook, read, and make noise with guitars. When I grow up I want to be a film-maker or a saucier. Sauté a half of cup of minced shallots in olive oil. Cover them in lots of balsamic vinegar and on medium /low heat reduce to about 1/3 of the volume. Drizzle over grilled meat or vegetables.

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