Dr. Jim Richey

Dr. Jim Richey

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"I'm passionate about family, teaching, music, sports, and most of all God."

Academic and Professional Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D., Education

    - Texas A&M Commerce

  • M.A., English

    - Texas A&M Commerce

  • B.A., English

    - Texas A&M Commerce

  • A.A.

    - Northeast Texas Community College

"...great teachers should not only possess knowledge of their teaching field, but also possess the ability to inspire students..."

My Unique Approach to Education

"Poet William Butler Yeats is often attributed to the quotation, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” This phrase sums up my feelings about the teacher’s role in education. I believe that great teachers should not only possess knowledge of their teaching field, but also possess the ability to inspire students to achieve at their maximum potential to become successful as well as lifelong learners."


Dr. Jim Richey has devoted the better part of his life to teaching English. He spent seven years teaching English and journalism at the junior high and high school levels. Richey has over of twenty years teaching experience at the university and community college levels. Dr. Richey is employed at Tyler Junior College as a full-time Professor and Department Chair of English, and has been teaching for Amberton since 2007.  Richey is also a published author and a lifelong musician. Below are some of his awards and distinctions:

  • “Thomas H. Shelby Jr. Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence Award” (2009)
  • NISOD Excellence Award Recipient (2009)
  • “Mattie Baker Excellence in Teaching Award” (2016)
  • “Piper Professor Award” nominee finalist (2010)
  • “Faculty Senate Leadership and Service Award and Resolution” (2010)
  • Seven-time recipient of the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award”
  • Six-time recipient of the Creative Communication “Poetic Achievement Award”
  • Four-time recipient of the “TRiO Teacher Award” 
  • Two-time recipient of the Marquis “Who’s Who in America Award”
  • NTCC “Alumnus of the Year Award” (2009)
  • Dr. Jim Richey was honored with Texas Resolution #1391 in recognition for Lifetime of Teaching Excellence in Texas. The resolution was presented by Texas State Representative, Cole Hefner. 

Dr. Richey plays guitar, drums, bass, piano, sings and writes songs. He owns a recording studio “The Music Room,” and still enjoys writing songs and recording CD’s in his spare time. Aside from teaching English, Dr. Richey enjoys reading, writing, music, movies, fishing, and sports. He spends most of his free time with his wife and their two children and is an active member in his church.

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