Teaching Associate - 2nd Grade
Richard Gonzalez received his B.A. in English Literature from California State University, Los Angeles. For a few months in college, he was able to exchange journals and interact with at-risk youth through the Buenanueva Foundation, a program dedicated to inspiring at-risk youth to further their studies and literacy. Soon after graduating, he received his certification, through Oxford Seminars, to teach English as a Second Language and English as a Foreign Language.
Richard was born and raised in Los Angeles and spent most of his life there until he decided to teach English in South Korea. He was one of four teachers at Ian English Academy, a private academy, or hagwon, in the city of Cheonan, a city one hour south of Seoul, for two years. There he worked with students of various language learning levels ages five through fifteen. Within a few months of completing his contract at Ian English Academy, he acquired a position as a guest English teacher in Busan, the second biggest city in South Korea, through EPIK (English Program in Korea). He taught at Ban-an Middle School in the very beautiful area of Busan named Haeundae, for two years. As the only native English speaking English teacher at the school, he not only worked with students in the classroom but also partook in organizing school-wide English based quiz games, as well as intensive Summer and Winter English camps. As a part of EPIK for more than a year, Richard became a mentor to two new coming teachers that needed guidance as they began their respective teaching careers.
In his spare time, Richard enjoys coffee shops, reading, photography, Star Wars, watching and playing sports, and Disneyland.