About Me

Portrait of Richard Thripp, 2014-06-16

My name is Richard X. Thripp (the “X” stands for my Chinese grandfather’s first name whom I was named after for my middle name). “Thripp” is also an unusual name, and is the result of my father being dissatisfied with his last name and changing it to a name he happened upon and preferred, before I was born.

I was born in Daytona Beach, FL and have always lived here. I am 25 years old and am a new Education Ph.D. student at University of Central Florida (Instructional Technology track). I hold an M.A. in Applied Learning & Instruction and a B.S. in Psychology from the same university.

Photography and piano have been important to me since 2004 and 2001, respectively. I enjoy photographing and editing nature, events, and people. I also enjoy learning new popular songs on the piano and refining my skills on traditional pieces.

I have a passion for writing, particularly about psychological, philosophical, and personal development issues. In my Master’s studies I have taken an intense interest in mindsets and financial literacy education.

I joined Port Orange Toastmasters in July 2014, and have given 27 speeches as of August 2016, completing my Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, Advanced Leader Bronze, and Advanced Communicator Bronze awards. I was the President of Port Orange Toastmasters for the 2015-07-01 / 2016-06-30 terms and presently serve as Treasurer.

Richard Thripp, MA, ACB, ALB
Doctor of Philosophy, Education, Univ. of Central Fla., August 2019 (in progress)
Master of Arts, Applied Learning & Instruction, Univ. of Central Fla., May 2016
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Univ. of Central Fla., May 2014
Associate of Arts with Honors, Daytona State College, May 2011, Phi Theta Kappa
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Central Florida, 2016–2017
Secretary of UCF Student Laureates of STEM Teaching & Learning, 2016–2017
Recipient of the Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, Univ. of Central Fla., 2016–2017
Recipient of the Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholars Award, 2007–2014
Recipient of the Dana Rodman Tiffany Scholarship, Daytona State College, 2011
Recipient of the James Fentress Scholarship, Daytona State College, 2007–2008
Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Bronze Award, May 23, 2016
Toastmasters Advanced Leader Bronze Award, February 10, 2016
Toastmasters Competent Leader Award, February 2, 2016
Toastmasters Competent Communicator Award, July 29, 2015
Toastmasters Triple Crown Award, 2015–2016
Toastmasters League of Volunteers Award, 2015–2016
Toastmasters Club Ambassador Award, 2015–2016
Treasurer of Port Orange Toastmasters, 2016–2017
President of Port Orange Toastmasters, 2015–2016
Vice President Membership of Port Orange Toastmasters, April 22–June 30, 2016
Writer of the Toastmasters District 84, Area 74 Newsletter, January–June 2016

Writing on education, finance, psychology, et cetera