|Rich and his feline angel, Millie the Kid, 2016|
Rich writes and publishes under Richard Kerry Holtzin or Rich Holtzin. He earned the big three academic degrees in Eastern and Western Philosophy, and, for the most part, made a living as an outdoors educator teaching a variety of geosciences, human, and natural history (since the late 1980s). Early on, he served two enlistments for a total of six years in the Navy, most of which was in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Force (ASW) as a radio operator and cryptologist. After being Honorably Discharged, including receiving a Letter of Meritorious Accommodation, Rich spent more than forty years in the West and Southwest and had hiked and explored most sectors and facets of the Colorado Plateau Province. To mention some of his bailiwicks and penchant for varying employment or enterprising opportunities, he was a professional studio and stage musician and taught guitar and music theory for some twenty-five years, including composing two soundtracks for the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks; a high school Educational Assistant and Substitute Teacher (since the 1990s); a commercial pilot flying a variety of aircraft; a professional photographer; a GPS surveyor and topographical mapper for the U. S. Forest Service; a planetarium control room operator; a museum docent; and was employed by the Coconino Country Sheriff’s Office (marking his third stint associated with the so-named “Protect and Serve” community. What Rich was more enthused about, however, was serving in the role of an interpretive guide and educator for a National Park Service endorsed outreach program (http://bitly/1D6YS1u) for some eighteen years. Additionally, he was an instructor at Northern Arizona University and Yavapai College (respectively, Flagstaff and Prescott). Benefitting his travel and educator’s experience, Rich owned and operated an eco and cultural tourism enterprise based on educational tourism throughout the American Southwest. Later, he became the Executive Director of a think tank in Albuquerque, based on astronautics and aerospace S.T.E.M. classroom projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) expressly geared for mathematic labs for high school students, as well as community college and entry-level university studies. (www.stemfortheclassroom.com) Since 2014, Rich has been on an extended sabbatical. His endeavors are mostly geared to publishing his numerous writings, whose titles and varied subject matter are posted on this website:(www.richholtzin.com). For the most part, Rich writes about the incomparable beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau Province. He also relates to all creatures great and small, domestic, feral, and wildlife.
* www.stemfortheclassroom.com think tank