Photographer credit: Jen Deyenberg

Hi, I’m Richard Byrne, a former high school social studies teacher turned full-time blogger and educational technology consultant. I’m best known for my award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers which I grew, with the help of a great audience, from a simple hobby in 2007 to a full-time job by 2011.

I started Worms In the Fridge to help you learn how to make the transition from hobby blogger to full-time occupation.

Telling stories and teaching has also been natural and fun for me.  I got my first taste of teaching in high school when I taught archery lessons at the largest indoor range in the United States. After that I moved on to working for FedEx Ground for nearly seven years before becoming a high school teacher.  The best part of my job at FedEx was teaching new employees. All of these teaching experiences have gone into the keynotes, the workshops, and the blog posts that I present today.

I was raised in Suburbia USA (Connecticut, actually) and escaped to Western Maine in 1999 where I’ve lived ever since (with a brief hiatus for work in 2001). When I’m not writing or speaking I love to play with my dogs (Morrison and Max, both rescued from Harvest Hills Animal Shelter), ski, fly fish, and travel.