• Life is verticle
    Richard Hoskins
    American Literature/College Prep/General

         This is my 32nd year at KHS.  I have taught grades 7-12 during my career including some 45 different courses here at KHS including American Literature, ninth grade English, sophomore English, Honors Creative Writing, Business English, Speech, Theater, Cinema, and countless dropout prevention programs.   I have been the advisor for a variety of clubs and activities and founder of numerous programs at KHS including the television station, WKHS, the Redline newspaper, and in 1986, I restarted the drama program.  I've been a class advisor and assistant class advisor multiple times, served as the KHS Activity Director, for four years, was the co-founder of the  GSA , the Bible Club, yearbook advisor, and consultant to a cast of thousands for nearly every dance or assembly in my first 25 years at KHS. For the better part of the last quarter century, if it happened after 3 PM, I was there. 
         I have taught in Ohio, California, and New York, toured the United States and parts of Europe with a street theater troupe, conducted leadership training classes, served as a regional director for the Williams Syndrome Association, acted as an advocate for special education interests at the local and state level, and conducted training classes for teachers on drop-out prevention techniques throughout the nation, including working for USA today to produce a teacher's guide for drop-out prevention techniques in the classroom.
         Outside of the classroom I have skippered a submarine at Disneyland, managed a four-lane bowling alley on a private island in Long Island Sound, worked as a care-taker for a private cemetary plot, created the River's Edge newspaper and served as the editor for three years. I have been the chairman of countless committees in my local church, a library trustee, lived on an island, and invented The Fishers Island Trivia game. 
         A graduate of Kent State University with a double major in Speech and English and a concentration in Theater, I hold a master's degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Human Relations.  I had four children graduate from the Killingly Public Schools, Erin who is now a curriculum coordinator in Kuwait, Kristin who works in the computer support department at Kent State University in Ohio, Sean, who attends the Center of Hope in Southbridge, MA., and Christopher who died while serving in the United States Army during the Iraq war. 
          I love working with the students at KHS!