Lindale educator Richey honored for teaching excellence by state

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Dr. Jim Richey of Lindale, was recently recognized and honored recently by the Texas State Legislature for his years of teaching excellence in Texas, publicity officials announced.

Richey is the chair of the English Department and a professor at Tyler Junior College.

State Rep. Cole Hefner submitted Texas Resolution No. 1391 in recognition for Richey’s years of teaching excellence in Texas.

He has more than 20 years teaching experience in Texas ranging from secondary education to the graduate school level.

Richey began his teaching career in 1997, teaching and coaching grades 7-12 in the Texas public school system.

He then moved to the college level full time in 2004 when he was hired by TJC, and he and his wife Toni, and two children, Fate and Jamey (both Lindale ISD graduates), moved to Lindale.

Richey has also taught Master’s and Doctoral classes at various universities over the years.

Additional honors/awards Richey has won over the years include:

-- “Thomas H. Shelby Jr. Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence Award”

-- “Mattie Alice Scroggin Baker” Excellence in Teaching Award

-- Four-time recipient of the TJC “TRiO Teacher Award”

-- NISOD Excellence Award Recipient

-- Six-time recipient of the Creative Communication “Poetic Achievement Award”

-- Seven-time recipient of the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award”

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