Rich began his career as a middle school teacher with an interest in leveraging technology to make learning engaging and immersive. He quickly became involved in districtwide leadership teams to improve technology integration and personalized learning for all students. As Director of Technology and Innovation, he still considers himself to be a teacher at heart. Through his role as a teacher and as an operational technologist, Rich has developed a unique blend of expertise in both academic and administrative functions.
In 2017, he earned CoSN’s CETL Certification and looks to the CETL Framework of essential skills to help guide North Allegheny School District in their mission to prepare all students for success in a changing world. Rich earned a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters in Public Management in Educational Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Rich has taught as an adjunct instructor at the University or Pittsburgh for pre-service teachers in classroom technology integration.