Richard W. Allen, Ed.S. 

holds several graduate and specialist degrees in Psychology and Educational Leadership, Theory, and Policy, and has served as an educator for 35 years.

In 1990 he was selected as the Governor’s Teacher of the Year at Manalapan HS. His work as a Principal was featured in Eric Sheninger’s book, Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids (Corwin Press, 2016). Additionally, his innovative academic programming has been featured in several professional journals and on NJTV, the Asbury Park Press, the Star Ledger, News 12 NJ, CEO Chat, and on ABC TV’s show 7- Above & Beyond. He is a member of the ELC and the OT Steering Committee for the NJ State Department of Education and a presenter with the Leadership Academy at NJPSA/FEA. He is an adjunct professor at Monmouth University in the Graduate School of Education and a member of the Monmouth University Principal’s Academy. He is an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College in the Humanities Department. He was honored by the Mayor of Neptune Township with the Innovations in Education Award in 2016.

In 2016 his school was recognized as one of fifteen high schools nation-wide as a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education. His evening Academy programs, open to all students in Monmouth and Ocean County, collaborate with Hackensack/JSUMC/Meridian Health, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty Science Center, Rutgers University Environmental Center, and IEEE. He works as an educational consultant for school branding, using the BCAT to align schools to their brand and culture.

He is the founder and President of Rigor and Relevance, LLC, an educational consulting group. He is the co-Founder of DisruptED TV (www.disrupt-edtv.com  ) and serves as the Educational Consultant. He served as a Delegate for the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association in Monroe, NJ. 

He is a partner with Voyce Global, an international company that provides on-demand interpretation services to hospitals, government agencies, courts, law enforcement, and law firms. His passion for the FOBH started years ago when the possibilities for school partnerships were presented to him. Sailing teams, science camps, sailing lessons and competitions, science lessons, and volunteer opportunities for students made it possible for disenfranchised and at-risk students to enjoy and take advantage of the wonders of nature and the water.