About Rick and Rick’s Resources[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hank you for visiting my website and my page. My name is Rick Whitehead. I grew up against a beautiful mountain backdrop of northern Utah near Salt Lake City. Although I had aspirations of going into radio, TV, and even movie production, I settled on the noble profession of education. I was a writer from a very young age and that ability served me well as I taught the craft to many impressionable children over the years.
I spent 28 years in the teaching profession concentrating on grades three, four and five. It was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed great support from students, colleagues and parents. I was also able to delve into administrative tasks as well. I was commissioned to help design and implement school productively models within the district where I taught. Due to high enrollments, we had to address overcrowding, so the need arose for “extended-day” and “year-round” schooling solutions. I was honored to receive an outstanding achievement award by the superintendent for my contributions helping the many students in the school district.
During my teaching tenure, I continued my hobby of writing. One of my first books was a science fiction adventure novel aimed primarily at reluctant readers. I also wrote humor and fantasy books. In 2013 – after 28 years of teaching – I decided I wanted to devote more time to creating and writing. Although I loved teaching, I wanted to leave when I was still “on top.” Many were surprised with my decision to retire from teaching, but I feel it was certainly the correct one and I have loved every minute since.
Over the years, I had developed many useful materials for my classroom and I felt it would be a waste for those very effective lessons to gather dust in a filing cabinet or on a flash drive. Thus began my pursuit of publication. I found the wonderful site of Teachers Pay Teachers which allowed me to offer my materials to other parents and educators. I decided to name my new store, Rick’s Resources. I opened my TpT store on April 13, 2013. I can be described as a perfectionist, so all of my materials have been meticulously developed and reviewed for maximum effectiveness in the classroom and at home. I am very proud and have the utmost confidence in everything I create. That same drive and commitment will be devoted to the development and maintenance of this website and blog – which I hope will be of benefit to many readers.
Aside from my creating and writing, I enjoy my life at home in northern Utah. I have a son who is finishing up college work and my little buddy goldendoodle named Jager. One of my favorite pastimes is frequenting various forums and discussing or debating interesting topics. I also enjoy getting away occasionally. I just returned recently from Hawaii and loved it.
Thanks for reading through my little biography. Feel free to send me a message. I’m open to any suggestions, comments or questions you might have.