Rick has been telling stories to young people for over 40 years. During his 37 years as a classroom teacher he incorporated storytelling into every subject area. The hands on science workshops that Rick offers have been developed through his experience as an elementary science teacher. His philosophy has been to engage students in learning by being involved. Rick was recognized for this philosophy in 2013 when he was chosen as one of the 25 Teachers of Merit in Western New York by The Buffalo Business First Guide to Western New York Schools magazine.

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