Rich earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science from the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduating he spend spent seven years serving in the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer where he earned the equivalent of a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering. In his final years of service, he realized that teaching was his real passion so he began work on a Masters in Education from George Washington University with a specialization in Secondary Science. He began in teaching career in Arlington County, VA, in the fall of 1991. In 1995, Rich began working with the Modeling Instruction in Physics program at ASU. In addition to teaching high school Physics, Physical Science and Earth Science, he has been a trainer for Modeling Instruction both across the US and internationally. Offering tutoring in the physical sciences and high school math, he focuses on developing a foundation of conceptual understanding upon which learning can be built.