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Richard Knab

S.T.E.A.M. Specialist

Rich has been a teacher at Voyagers' Community School since its inception. Starting with a weekly hands-on math class and after school robotics program, Rich’s involvement with the school grew over three years into a full-time teaching position.

Rich attended New Jersey Institute of Technology and Thomas Edison State University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Education. Rich brings to his teaching his experience in engineering and software industries and his extensive woodworking skills to all of his classes. He chooses to teach through analogies and hands-on experiences and relates subjects to real life. He is attuned to children’s “out-of-the-box,” problem-solving techniques and is devoted to encouraging and preserving this way of thinking. Rich is an engineer and an artisan whose handmade light tables and recently constructed loft grace the classrooms at Voyagers'. These inspire students to create and to connect art with science, math, and technology.

Rich has been the coach of the Voyagers’ First Lego League Robotics Team since 2007. Over the years he has taught and mentored the team which achieved two invitations to the New Jersey state championships, one of which they won! He has won the Coach/Mentor of the Year award for his efforts in preparing FLL Robotics teams.

Currently, Rich heads the Technology Center. He teaches Upper School math, high school science, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) classes. He also teaches various Electives and Essentials to all ages. His summer camp offerings have included robotics, technology, skateboard construction, rocketry, chemistry, and woodworking. In fact, several summers age Rich's summer camp students built two canoes which they donated to the Girls Scouts of the Jersey Shore.

Professionally, Rich’s passion for and understanding of progressive education has driven him to present at various educational conferences. Most recently he has offered a seminar about the Voyagers’ Project Week initiative at the Association for Constructivist Teaching Conference.

"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right." -Henry Ford

Voyagers’ is a school that it true to its mission statement where children are honored, respected and challenged to do and be their very best. Teachers are 100% dedicated to motivating their students by relating the environment and their everyday life to what they will be learning in the academic classroom. As a parent of a Voyagers’ high school student, I wished we had known about the school earlier on. Traditional private school was not able to tap into my son’s sense of curiosity, learning differences and need to be challenged for his unique intellect, the way Voyagers’ did. Having the ability to take college courses for credit while still attending the high school was a big plus as well. The defining end result was a young man who graduated confident and with a keen sense of accomplishment and desire to keep learning.

Diane Rappoport
Student Work