NDTAC and the Department of Education would like to regularly highlight successful Title I, Part D programs and staff to serve as an inspirational model for the nation, and offer insight to be applied to all Title I, Part D programming.

This month, we want to highlight and congratulate Hank Richards, who serves as the lead educator at the Ted Lechner Youth Service Center in Billings, Montana. Hank has been recognized nationally for his programming, recently being awarded the 2022 Outstanding Educator Award by the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders. His passion and dedication to improving the lives of students in his facility have fostered positive youth outcomes and active engagement in his programs. 

The Billings Gazette has published an article about Hank and his accomplishments in the community, additionally highlighting his interagency networking and his positive behavior reinforcement programming model. The article was written by Tom Ackerman on March 11th, 2022, and can be accessed by clicking the link below:

Educator at Juvenile Detention Facility in Billings Receives National Award for Leadership- The Billings Gazette