Richard Bailey shares that he loves teaching Spanish because it is “immediately useful and allows learners access to a new and magical world.” That belief certainly has proved true for Mr. Bailey, who joined the upper school as a Spanish teacher in 2015.
Before coming to Harker to teach intermediate and honors level Spanish classes, he served as the world languages department chair and Spanish teacher at Seabury Hall in Maui. He has also worked as a Spanish teacher at Viewpoint School in Calabasas and at the University of Hawaii. Prior to that he taught ESL and French at the University of Guam.
Born in Georgia and raised in suburban Atlanta and Chicago, Mr. Bailey is a passionate traveler who has visited some 26 countries. Moreover he has lived in Spain and organized and led study abroad programs to Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Chile.
“I have visited the northernmost tip and most southerly city in South America,” recalls Mr. Bailey, who in addition to traveling enjoys cooking, keeping fit and continuing to learn.
M.A. Applied Linguistics, Southern Illinois University
M.A. Spanish Language and Culture, Universidad de Salamanca (Spain)