Coach, Designer, and Educator in New York
Richard is a spirited educator who meshes his diverse teaching background with his expertise in technology to create positive learning experiences in sports and in the classroom.
Richard received his B.A. in English Language and Literature, with minors in Fine Arts, History, and Sociology, from Southern New Hampshire University. He then completed a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Southern California through their innovative Rossier School of Education Online program. At USC, Richard worked with professors, administrators, teachers, and students from around the world to help promote innovative learning experiences in "at-risk" school communities to helped to transcend traditional learning experiences.
As Richard was completing his degrees, he simultaneously taught and coached at Lyman Hall High School. Richard worked as a Special Education paraprofessional, where he went on to pioneer the school's first Unified Sports program. In 2008, Richard was chosen to lead the school's In-School Suspension Program where he independently developed a program where students were able to reconnect with their school community through mediation and support. The program received high praise throughout the school and was recognized by the administration for its positive impact in reducing the rate of suspensions and academic failure within the school.
Above all else, Richard takes great pride in the positive role he plays as an educator. He sees that being a teacher and coach allow him to inspire, challenge, support, and learn from his student – athletes. He believes in building cultures where the team/community helps to positively enhance the lives of the individuals - and through hard work any student-athlete can redefine their vision of success.