|Eisenhower teacher David Richard|
Eisenhower Middle School teacher David Richard is the Above and Beyond winner for the month of January. Mr. Richard has taught seventh and eighth mathematics at Eisenhower since 2011. Along with his teaching duties, Mr. Richard is co-chair of the math department, the eighth grade team leader, a mentor for a Washburn student teacher, and a member of the district math curriculum assessment team. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in educational leadership/administration and will graduate from Emporia State University in May.
Mr. Richard goes Above and Beyond in many ways. He built an after school program for both Eisenhower and Ross Elementary. As director of the program, he maintains an individualized program for each of the 250 students who attend. He also developed a tool that enables data collection, Data Assessment Recording (DAR), which is used to identify strengths and weaknesses to create a plan for success for each student. Not only has he had success with this method, but he has taught the Eisenhower staff to use it. This method has changed the approach of the mathematics department and has improved math benchmark scores from below average to above the district average. Mr. Richard has also presented the DAR to participants at the Kansas State Department of Education Assessment Conference in Wichita. He hopes to continue staff development with the Ross Elementary staff in the near future.
Eisenhower math teacher Toni Stewart says, “Mr. Richard’s modeling of reaching for the top inspires his students to do the same. This inspiration travels through the departments in which he works and everyone he meets. He shares ideas in order to inspire other teachers so they, too, can achieve success with students and scores.”