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Richard Lewis - About Me


I arrived at St. Rita School in January, 1990, filling in for a midyear vacancy teaching language arts and literature to the students in grades 6 and 7.  Twenty-five years later, I left regular classroom teaching and took a position here that allowed me to work part-time with students in small group settings for remediation and enrichment.  In August of 2021, Mrs. Tiezzi asked if I would want to work as an aide in the kindergarten classroom, and I said that I would.  This year in late August---after being away from a regular, Monday-to-Friday schedule for eight years---I was asked by our principal to consider returning to teaching five days a week for four sections of language arts and literature to the students in grades 6 and 7.  I said that I would.  Part of the arrangement is that my work will be linked with Mrs. Rourke's work in the same subjects. I am very much looking forward to the new school year.

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I was born in New Haven, CT in 1954, and grew up in the Hill section of that fair city, on a street that no longer exists (Asylum, between Congress and Davenport).  My elementary school and childhood parish also no longer exist (St. John the Evangelist).  Ours was a working class neighborhood.  My father moved furniture for a living in a family business started by my grandfather, and later took a job at the U.S. Postal Service.  My mother worked part-time as a secretary at a car dealership.  I attended Catholic elementary school and high school (Notre Dame of West Haven).  Current leisure interests include music, movies, theater, reading, travel, Scottish country dancing, Yale hockey, UConn basketball, and getting together with family and friends.

My time in college led to degrees from the University of Connecticut (Accounting, MBA) and Southern Connecticut State University (M.S. in Education).  I worked in public accounting and for the State of Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts during the 1970s and took a position with University Operations at Yale in 1980, working in construction project accounting, purchasing, and accounts payable.  In the mid-1980s, I began taking courses at night at SCSU, eventually earning a master's degree and certification to teach.  My student teaching was at Hamden High School.  Before landing my position here at St. Rita's, I worked as a substitute teacher in the Hamden and Amity school systems and at Hopkins, where I was the English department substitute.  

In my time here, I have seen many changes, but I have found one thing to be a constant:  if we are here for the right reasons, that will put us in a good position to deal with any challenges that may arise.  Although each parent, student, teacher, and administrator brings unique qualities and background to our school community, each of us---by the fact of being here---has made a commitment to a faith-based education in which all participants are given the respect that they deserve as children of God.  If we all keep this in mind,  I believe the result will be a positive experience for all.