Drawing upon over 30 years of experience within the field of education, Richard William Halle excelled as the president of the Junior High/Middle School Assembly for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for 12 years. The NCTE is recognized as an acclaimed organization that is dedicated to improving the teaching and student understanding of English and language arts. Likewise, the NCTE aids in providing resources and community guidelines for educators who have worked outside of a conventional classroom environment.
Notably, the NCTE named a national annual accolade in Mr. Halle’s honor, titled the Richard W. Halle Award, which is presented to one middle school educator every year at their national convention. The NCTE’s award under Mr. Halle’s name was established in 1996 and honors an educator who has exhibited exceptional teaching standards and promoted the understanding of developmental needs of young students within the realm of English education. For his success, Mr. Halle was honored with the Tom Hayes Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Education from the College of Professional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2000. Impressively, Mr. Halle was the very first recipient of the accolade.
Alongside his primary efforts, Mr. Halle was an ad hoc teacher for the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield. Earlier in his career, he pursued a formal education, having received a Bachelor of Science in English and speech from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Although he has experienced a myriad of career achievements, Mr. Halle is especially proud of remaining in contact with his former students, who have all impressed Mr. Halle with their unique understanding of his curriculum and applied his teachings to their future endeavors.
Looking toward the future, Mr. Halle would like to continue working toward teaching excellence among the student body. His ultimate aspiration is to provide opportunities to young students so they can develop their own personal definitions of success. He maintains membership with the Phi Beta Kappa Society.