Bio & Contact

Welcome! I appreciate your visit to my site. I’m Chris Dier, and I’m the 2020 Louisiana Teacher of the Year. I also authored “The 1868 St. Bernard Parish Massacre: Blood in the Cane Fields” published by The History Press. I currently teach AP United States History at Benjamin Franklin High School.

I started this blog in an attempt to shed light on interesting and relatively unknown historical events that occurred throughout the region. However, I took a hiatus to focus on publishing the aforementioned book. As I get back into the groove, I now want to use this site as a place to not only write about local history and education, but to showcase my journey as the Louisiana Teacher of the Year. For more, click here to see the bio from the Louisiana Department of Education.

If you have any questions about this site, speaking engagements, interviews, or anything else that comes to mind, please email me at or connect via Twitter @chrisdier.

If you notice any historical inaccuracies, grammatical errors, questions on sources, or have any thoughts/questions/concerns/suggestions, feel free to email me as well.

Thank you for visiting!

4 thoughts on “Bio & Contact

  1. I recently read your post from 2014 about the St Bernard Massacre, The judge Philip Toca to whom you refer is Philippe Toca, one of my antecedents, I think 4th gen grandfather. The town Toca is named after him and his plantation house, Seems he was always involved in something including a duel in the 1840s where he killed a judge. Never heard this story though. Thanks for the info.

  2. Thank you for your open letter to the Class of 2020. My senior is devastated as well as I. You touched on all the feelings that I believe she is going through. I’m praying she doesn’t feel defeated and lose the ambitions that she has had her whole life. President of every club, top in her class, compassionate, driven. I pray this pandemic doesn’t win. I’ll do everything I can not to let it. I hope my senior will too.

  3. Thank you for your open letter to the Class of 2020. I will be sharing your letter with my seniors in CA.

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