Curriculum Vitae

Richard Thripp, PhD
Orange City, Florida
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Here is an excerpt of my CV (April 4, 2021 version):


October 26, 2020 – Present: Social Studies Core Teacher, New Smyrna Beach High School.

  • Teaching 11th Grade U.S. History and 12th Grade U.S. Government
  • Simultaneous face-to-face and synchronous live-streamed instruction to students at home
  • Differentiated instruction for one honors period in each subject
  • Blended instruction via Canvas LMS and Focus gradebook and attendance system
  • Experience with classroom discipline and behavior management of difficult students
  • Innovative teaching with primary sources, activities, and projects that engage students
  • In-class work returned within 1–3 days to students with grades and helpful feedback
  • Innovative use of Canvas quizzes and digital written and multimedia activities
  • ESE K–12 certified and experienced with IEP annual plans, 504 plans, accommodations
  • Administration of district interim assessments (DIAs) on paper and online in SchoolCity
  • Frequently coordinates with colleagues in PLC and solicits and provides feedback
  • Experienced with COVID-19 quarantines and infections, make-up and remedial work
  • Volusia United Educators (VUE) union member and advocate for collective bargaining
  • Draws on experience as instructional designer, teacher educator, U.S. House candidate
  • Excellent record-keeping and follow-through

December 8, 2020 – Present: Chair, Volusia County Democratic Party.

  • Chair of the Democratic Party for the 12th largest county in Florida, part of I-4 corridor
  • An elected volunteer party position, my term expires December 2024
  • Navigating a contentious intraparty election with appeals, attorneys, and publicity
  • Wide-ranging responsibilities for fundraising, candidate development, compliance, voter registration, outreach, supervision, management, committee appointments, overseeing six chartered Democratic clubs and coordinating with caucuses and organizations, and more
  • An advocate for Democratic values, workers, environmental issues, civic engagement
  • Responsible for executing the Florida Democratic Party’s objectives in Volusia County
  • Community and nationwide engagement on Facebook and Twitter
  • Working to elect a Democrat to the Port Orange City Council ( Marcey Kinney) in the April 13, 2021 special election (a statutorily nonpartisan position)
  • Helping prepare us for 2022, which will be a huge election year with Census redistricting

January 1, 2020 – August 18, 2020: Politician, Democratic candidate for United States House of Representatives, Florida’s 6th congressional district (Daytona Beach, Palm Coast, Deltona, etc.).

  • August 18, 2020 Democratic primary: Lost with 48.5% of vote (28,661 of 59,110 votes)
  • Precinct 301 (Orange City) Committeeman: Won with 53.5% (175 votes, 3 candidates)
  • Committee: Richard Thripp for Congress (FEC # C00732818, EIN # 84-4112952)
  • Candidate, Campaign Treasurer, and Custodian of Records: Richard Thripp
  • Key issues: Medicare for All, Green New Deal, universal basic income, legalization of cannabis, $15 minimum wage, protecting Social Security, education, consumer protection
  • 284 contributions received totaling $9,327, mostly ActBlue, and self-funded $18,610
  • 152 volunteers with a core team of about 20 and 3 data interns (Bluebonnet Data)
  • Over 75,000 text messages sent using Spoke and Peerly
  • Other key platforms used: Slack, Google Drive, SendGrid, DNC VoteBuilder FL (VAN)
  • Endorsed by Dr. Tim Wilson, Dr. Wendy Anderson, Dr. Gary Mottola, Volusia for Justice, Our Revolution: Volusia, New Blue Florida, St. Johns for Bernie, Flagler for Bernie, The Hill of Roses, Florida for Bernie, the Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida, Progressives for Democracy in America: Central Florida Chapter, the National Solidarity Movement, Our Revolution: Florida, and the Make Room PAC; listed as a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate and a 90 for 90 candidate
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