About Me

I began my professional career with the Baltimore County, Maryland, Public Schools as a high school English teacher. I am now the Senior Vice President for Education Outreach for Sylvan Learning.

Before joining Sylvan, I was Assistant Superintendent for the school system's department of curriculum and instruction, where I oversaw the development of all instructional programs for the 25th largest public school system in the United States.

Over the years, I have made numerous presentations and educational television and radio appearances on topics ranging from elementary and secondary school curriculum to character and arts education. I am a frequent interview guest on practical ways students and their parents can prepare for school success.

I hold a Master of Liberal Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in English Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland. I serve on the Education Advisory Board of Stevenson University and the Board of Directors of The Grace and St. Peter's School in Baltimore. I am an associate of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of Towson University's College of Liberal Arts, and the recipient of the Excellence in Education Award from CITA/AdvancED, the umbrella organization of regional, national, and international academic accreditors.

Dr. Rick In The News

WMARabc2news.com - March 2, 2011
Baltimore Celebrates Read Across America

WMARabc2news.com - March 2, 2011
Read Across America Interview

The Friday Flyer - February 18, 2011
Parents can Nurture the Love of Reading

Multiples and More - July 5, 2010
Expert Post: Dr. Rick of Sylvan Learning

Examiner.com - May 15, 2010
Summer Skill Sharpeners

Blog Posting Rules

This blog is for the good of education - for students, for teachers and for parents. I very much value a two-way communication with you and welcome and encourage your comments and feedback. However, to facilitate a constructive conversation that is beneficial to everyone in this online community, I expect the same respect in your comments that I present in my blog.

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