Harbor Elementary School, New London Public Schools
Richard Baez began his educational career following a 20-year career as a municipal law enforcement officer in the state of Connecticut. The entirety of his educational career has been within the Connecticut public school system. After teaching in a suburban district for six years, Baez relocated to New London where he has taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grades for the past 15 years.
Baez proudly serves his community and has adopted New London as home. For the past 9 years, Baez has served as President of the New London Teachers Association (NLEA). Previously, serving as the chairman of the New London Police Community Relations Committee, and member of the New London Democratic Town Committee. Baez is passionate about teaching and working in urban school districts.
Baez knows firsthand the importance of shared experience in the classroom. His childhood and cultural background allow him to connect with students from similar backgrounds – living in a low-income high rise, and in a financially struggling, large Puerto Rican family. As the NLEA president and a New London educator, he is committed to improving the educational experience for students, families, teachers in New London. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote guides his efforts:
“To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — that is to have succeeded.”
Born in New York and raised in Meriden, CT, Baez is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University and Central Connecticut University. He is the proud father of four amazing children.