Dear editor, 

I am writing in support of Richard Rykhus, who is running for a seat on the Evanston-Skokie District 65 school board.

 Richard is extremely qualified to serve on the board. He has a master’s degree from Northwestern University in education and social policy, as well as bachelor’s degrees in business and Spanish. In his work as a technology and learning consultant, Richard has helped schools integrate technology into their classrooms. He has taught English as a second language and has also tutored students in Spanish. 

Since 2002, Richard has been the director of strategic learning at Grant Thornton LLP, where he focuses on learning and performance initiatives. His background in business and education will help him make tough decisions as he serves on the District 65 board. Richard will ask these questions: Are we spending our money wisely? What do the data show? Are our students being well served in our schools? 

Moreover, Richard has the personality and character to serve effectively on the board. He approaches every question with reason and calm. He looks for ways to resolve conflict. 

Richard comes from a long line of educators. Education was the topic at the dinner table when he was growing up.

I first met Richard when he joined CASE, or Citizens for Appropriate Special Education, which is an advocacy group for children with special needs. Richard and I both have children who are disabled.

 -Nancy Traver