Richard Raiche has 34 years experience as a teacher and administrator. He is in his 14th year as Principal of the Comprehensive Grammar School in Methuen, Massachusetts. The Comprehensive Grammar School is a 1200 student Kindergarten through Grade 8 school. The school is a model of the K-8 grade configuration and prides itself in its positive school culture, diversity, and applied technology.
In the past, Mr. Raiche was an Assistant Principal for 5 years and a teacher for 15 years (mostly 8th grade social studies) in other cities in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts.
He received his Bachelor's Degree in History from Merrimack College (North Andover, MA), Masters of Arts Teaching and History from Salem State College (Salem, MA), and a Masters Degree in School Administration from Salem State College. He was the 1996 Massachusetts Principal of the Year and National Distinguished Principal (NDP). He was very active in the Turning Points project on Middle Grade Reform sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation.
Recently Mr. Raiche has been involved in the Principals Leadership Network (PLN), facilitated by the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University. The PLN is a network of principals who advocate for the principalship and support efforts for its role in instructional leadership. He was one of the founders of the PLN, as he was in attendance at the first National Principals Summit in Washington, DC in 2000, which spawned the initiative. He has also attended the 2001 National Principals Summit and 2002 National Principals Forum as a co-presenter. Mr. Raiche is active in local, state, and national principals' associations.
Mr. Raiche is married and has two grown sons (one an engineer and the other a musician!). He is interested in history, sports, outdoor activities, but primarily fishing -- where he can be away from telephones, e-mails, state reports, and his very active work life for a little while...
Methuen Comprehensive Grammar School
100 Howe Street