Phone: (910) 436-0009
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Political Science, Gardner-Webb University M.Div. Christian Education, Campbell University
Mr. Richard Wood teaches 8th Grade Social Studies, covering American and North Carolina History. He considers himself an educator, geek and sports fanatic.
Originally from Wilkesboro, NC, he has spent most of the last twenty years working with teenagers in a church setting along with leading churches in education ministry. Along with teaching at Overhills, he is Adjunct Professor of Religion for GWU Online at Gardner-Webb University.
Mr. Wood proudly classifies himself as a geek. He has had a love of technology since his father bought him his first computer when he was four. He spent summers as a teenager running Ethernet cable and setting up computer labs for schools in the local system, was a resident technician in his college dorm and spent two and a half years as the head of IT for a small communications company specializing in satellite communications. His geekness also generated a desire to become an accomplished trombonist and a participant of marching and concert band in high school and college. Richard's other interests include travel, comic books, television and movies, cooking and attending drum corps shows.
Mr. Wood's love of sports came from his maternal grandfather, who he claims is the only Braves fan he knew who cheered for them before 1991, and his parents, who took him five miles down the road to North Wilkesboro Speedway numerous times for NASCAR races. While not very athletic, Mr. Wood's playing career consisted of church-league softball and college intramural sports. He spends most of the time enjoying the sporting events the Triangle has to offer. A life-long fan of the Chicago Cubs, he believes the greatest game ever played was on November 2, 2016, when they won the World Series. His other rooting interests are the University of North Carolina basketball, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Durham Bulls, the Washington Football Team, and various college football teams.