Richard Brownstone teaches English at Kehillah. He holds a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from SUNY Empire State College and an M.A. in the Teaching of English from Columbia University, Teachers College. A native New Yorker, Richard taught high school English at The Packer Collegiate Institute for eleven years while also serving as Upper School Dean, and he then served as Head of Upper School at The Kew-Forest School and Director of Middle School at International School of Brooklyn. Prior to his career in education, Richard was a professional ballet dancer, actor, singer, musician, and database designer/programmer. He is looking forward to returning to Northern California (where he spent his late teen years), enjoying the outdoors here with his family, and finishing his next novel (under the pen name R.B. Woodstone).