RJK or Rich, born in Cleveland, Ohio forty-five minutes after Christmas in 1951. Lived in the Mount Pleasant section of Cleveland until the age of seven, at which time he moved to Parma, a major suburb. Educated at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio to be a teacher, majoring in French and once graduated, pursued his MA in French lit. Met his wife while in grad school. Spent his junior year in Tours, France for study abroad where he lived with a French family. Married and moved to Chicago. Taught for a year in a middle school after a year of subbing in the Chicago area and then for thirty years at New Trier High School. He is “pretired,” that is retired but still working! Has been married since 1975 to a German teacher/Department Chair in the northern suburbs of Chicago and has 3 sons and a lovely granddaughter.
While at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL, he was a French teacher, adviser (similar yet not, to a guidance counselor), language lab director, remediation counselor, head of the Faculty Senate, coordinator of the exchange program between New Trier and a school in Strasbourg, France, and had numerous other roles. He also taught a class in language teaching methodology at Northwestern University for seven years.
Since retiring from teaching, he has worked for a language laboratory software firm in pedagogical customer support and as an undergraduate admissions advisor at Ohio University, his alma mater.
Also has a Certificate in Advanced Studies from National Louis University in educational administration.
Outside of the above, he has been involved in Scouting, serving as an Advancement Chairman for some 15 years. Gardening, photography, calligraphy, reading, cycling, travel, movies, music, and the like are of interest to him.