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James Rich holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UT Arlington and has been teaching and advising student publications for the last 12 years.  Over the last 12 years, his student have won two 4-A State Journalism team trophies and six Regional Team Trophies.  His students consistently place in the top three in their district contest every year with more than eight district wins as well.

James has taught writing and photography workshops at the Interscholastic League Press Conference Convention, Southern Interscholastic Press Association convention, Journalism Educators Association national convention and the Dallas Morning News as well as local workshops for school districts.  James’s students have won numerous Tops in Texas Awards, been named top writers and photographers at ILPC, Dallas Morning News area contest, Texas Association of Journalism Educators, National Scholastic Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Texas Press Women Association and Quill & Scroll. James has served as a judge on the district, regional and state UIL level as well as judging both publications and writing/photography contest for all of the organizations listed above.

James’ publications have been named best publication by The Dallas Morning News, ILPC, NSPA, CSPA and SIPA.  James has students working with major news networks all accross the country some of which include, Dave Campbell High School Sports, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Channel 8 News (Oklahoma) as well as in the field of public relations.

Prior to becoming a teacher, James served in the Public Relations department at The Potters House in Dallas, was Managing Editor for the Ennis Daily News and was a free lance writer and photographer for The Dallas Morning News, The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Coppell Gazette among others.

During his spare time James enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing and working at his church.


Lori Rich has been involved in online educational technology since 2007.  She has worked as a Learning Technologies Campus Liaison for Burleson ISD where she trained teachers about best practices for online learning and technology integration. 

She graduated in May 2011 with her master’s degree in policy and leadership from UT Arlington.  She is a certified teacher and principal.  She worked as the Academic Assistant Principal in charge of Technology Integration for Spurling Christian Academy in Arlington, Texas.

She is currently employed by Duncanville ISD as an accounting teacher. She has already started helping the CTE teachers with technology integration and online learning.

Lori has taught workshops on technology intergration at such places and Region 11 and the annual Texas Computer Educator Association convention in Austin.

Lori enjoys spending time with her family as well as working and showing her horses.