Growing up in Canastota, New York, as an adult Buyea began teaching elementary school in Connecticut before moving to Massachusetts where he teaches biology and coaches wrestling. He has three daughters: Emma, Lily, and Anya.
"This story is about seven kids telling a story about their year with a rookie teacher. There's Peter (prankster,) Alexis (bully,) Jessica (new kid,) Luke (nerd,) Jeffery (silent one who lost his brother due to disease,) Anna (crybaby with a young mother,) and Danielle (overweight girl.) By Accident, Peter chucks a snowball at Mr. Terupt, which then knocks him out into a coma. Everyone but Jeffery visits Mr. Terupt. Jeffery doesn't because of the last time he was at the hospital, when his brother died. at the end, Mr. Terupt come to class, and finds out he becomes their sixth grade teacher as well.