Richard holds the firm belief that all children are scholars, and all scholars deserve an equitable, culturally responsive, holistic, and affirming education to support each scholar meet their individual potential.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Georgia State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching specializing in exceptional (special) education from Clark Atlanta University.  He supported and facilitated learning to scholars in the classroom for 10 years before transitioning to administration at the district level for two years. Richard has supported scholars and their families in two large districts providing professional supports to staff, empathetic and compassionate advocacy for students, and worked to create systems and processes to improve the education for every scholar within his district.
Richard is also an active scholar, recent publications can include topics such as Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (CR-PBIS), Black males with Emotional Disabilities, and is the editor of the forthcoming text "Challenging Deficit Thinking in Exceptional Education Improvement."  Richard has presented at numerous local and international conferences such as the Georgia Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and Harvard University Student Research Conference, to most recently co-facilitating the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (CCBD) Showcase at the 2021 CEC Convention (CEC L.I.V.E.).

Richard is also a regular contributor to the CEC's newsletter Special Education Today, a member of the CEC Student/Early Career Committee, and incoming CCBD secretary.   Formerly, he held the positions of Diversity Chair and Children Action Network Coordinator for the Virginia Chapter of CEC, and Vice-President of the Dogwood Chapter of GA-CEC.