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 fifteen 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.  
Richey is also a published author and a lifelong musician. Below are some of his awards and distinctions:

  • Seven-time recipient of the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award”
  • Six-time recipient of the Creative Communication “Poetic Achievement Award”
  • National Honor Roll’s “Outstanding American Teacher Award” (2006)
  • “Thomas H. Shelby Jr. Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence Award” (2009)
  • NISOD Excellence Award Recipient (2009)
  • Piper Professor Award nominee finalist (2010)
  • Two-time recipient of the “TRiO Teacher Award”

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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