Rich is a man of many passions. He grew up in Houston, Texas, where he frequently indulged in barbecued brisket and Tex-Mex. He attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts for both choral and violin performance, and he also plays viola, piano and guitar.
After attending Duke with plans of being a scientist or engineer, his right brain took over, and he became interested in filmmaking and film criticism, eventually attending the USC School of Cinema-Television. He most recently earned his Masters in Journalism from NYU with a concentration in Cultural Reporting and Criticism, and he's been known to crank out the occasional film review.
Along the way, Rich discovered that he could channel his penchant for standardized tests into a rewarding career helping students succeed with their exams and coursework. He found that he loves going over quirky (and often entirely unrealistic) math problems, and he genuinely enjoys the feeling of imparting knowledge onto others.
He's compiled almost a decade of in-person teaching and tutoring to students in New York City, Long Island, and now his hometown Houston. He's also racked up thousands of online tutoring hours to students all around the world, including Algeria, China, Germany, Australia, Sri Lanka, The United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, and South Korea. And yet he still feels there's a lot to learn about the practice of quality pedagogy. He looks forward to teaching (and learning from) many more students in the years to come.
When not fascinating his students with the finer points of prime numbers and participial modifiers, Rich enjoys tennis, basketball, swimming, and high-intensity workouts. He's run several triathlons and half-marathons, and he fulfilled a life-long ambition by completing the New York City Marathon while fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
After New York expanded his culinary tastes, he was delighted to find such a wonderful international eating scene back in his hometown. He's on a mission to find a Houston restaurant for as many countries as possible -- Vietnam, India, and Mexico were accounted for long ago, but he's since managed to find Laos, Indonesia, Israel, Bosnia, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, El Salvador, Iran, and Pakistan as well.
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