2011 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Richard Gleichman

Washington High School, 1959Richard Gleichman

Richard Gleichman has dedicated his life to the youth of Kansas City, Kansas. It has become his life-long mission to educate, inspire and motivate young people both on and off the field.

As a teacher and coach, he has lifted up countless students in the classroom and through his football program. He believes that athletics brings out the best in youth and teaches them to work hard and be responsible. He derives great satisfaction from watching students grow athletically and intellectually.

He began his teaching and coaching career in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools at Argentine High School. In 1972, he transferred to J.C. Harmon where he remained until 1980 when he transferred to Sumner Academy of Arts and Science. He retired from full-time teaching and coaching in 2005. Today, he serves as a substitute teacher for the district, and is an assistant football coach at Sumner.

He calls himself a "Wyandotte County" boy and takes pride in his community.

Throughout the years, he has provided support for area students in a number of ways. Each fall he led the effort to provide new shoes and backpacks to any student who might need them. At Halloween, he made sure the neighborhood children who visited the Sumner fieldhouse had costumes and candy. And as winter set in, trips were made to local department stores to buy coats for students and their siblings.

The importance he places on education and his strong moral code are values that originated from his own education in the KCK Public Schools. He has fond memories of growing up in the district. He feels indebted to many of his teachers and coaches who helped feed his passion for learning and athletics.

His advice for today's students is: Put your schoolwork first, and be prepared to work hard for your education.

A Question and Answer Video of Richard Gleichman has been posted on SchoolTube (Time: 7:19).