Richard Allen, Ed.S.
Director of Outreach and Awareness
Director of Grants and Scholars - Board of Directors
Richard W. Allen, Ed.S. began his career in public education as a teacher and coach. He left the classroom after 10 years to begin his 25-year tenure as a Supervisor, Assistant Principal, high school Principal, and Central Office Administrator overseeing New Jersey’s first early college high school program. He serves as the Principal for Education Services at the New Jersey Youth Challenge Academy on the Joint Military Base at McGuire/Fort Dix/Lakehurst. He is an adjunct professor at Monmouth University Graduate School of Education and Brookdale Community College.
Additionally, he serves as a special consultant to the President of Brookdale Community College working on innovative programming. His work as a Principal has been documented in Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids by Eric Shenninger, (Corwin Press, 2015). He is also featured in The Teacher and the Admin by Kris Felicello and Gary Armida (EduGladiators LLC, 2019), The Ten-Minute Principal by Evan Robb (Corwin, 2019), and Lead with Culture; What Really Matters in Our Schools, by Jay Billy (Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., 2018). Rich is the Co-Chair of the NJ Autism Think Tank, co-founder of DisruptED TV, and co-founder of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University Mini-Medical School hosted at Monmouth University.
Rich is a frequent guest speaker at professional development conferences throughout New Jersey. He serves as a mentor/coach for the New Jersey Department of Education’s Principal’s Learning Network. He is the co-Chair of the NJ Education Think Tank hosted at Brookdale Community College. Rich has worked with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the IEEE, Rutgers University, and Paper Mill Playhouse to create specialized programming in law enforcement, engineering, environmental science, and theatre arts, open to all students in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties.
Rich also serves on the Voyagers' Community School Board of Directors spearheading grants and Scholarship ventures.
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.