Richard Daugherty Retires With 45 Years of Service

Richard Daugherty Rhea High School Class of 2019 Commencement Address Speaker. (Photo by Dean Wilson)

Richard Daugherty retires with 45 years teaching service; assisted in opening two Rhea County High Schools

Richard Daugherty was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on November 28, 1952 at Baroness Erlanger Hospital. His parents Hilda Marie Ishman Daugherty and Earl David Daugherty Sr. His siblings are Earl David Jr., James Larry, Raymond Allen, and Pamela Diane.

When Richard’s family moved them to Rhea County, they bought a farm on Dayton Mountain. Later in the 1950’s, they moved to the valley and settled in Morgantown community next to the Vine Grove Church. Richard attended elementary school at the Morgantown School.

Richard Daugherty’s 1970 Rhea Central High School Senior Yearbook Portrait. Photo Taken By Cunnyngham Studio (Collection of Dean Wilson)

Then Richard Daugherty walked across the stage with the Rhea Central High School Class of 1970 and received his diploma. For most people this would be the end of their high school days, but this was just the beginning for Richard.

After high school, Richard attended Bryan College where he majored in English and Spanish. He continued his education at UT and Tennessee Tech and became certified in German.

After his college years, Richard returned to the Rhea County High School in the fall of 1974 as a teacher. This was the very first year of the newly consolidated county high school. Richard is the very last of the original teachers from the 1974 consolidated high school. With the opening of the newest high school facility, Richard has assisted in the successful openings of two high school facilities in Rhea County.

Although Richard is officially retiring at the conclusion of this school year, he requested and has been granted a 100-day contract into the next school year. He has a 45-year history as a teacher in Rhea County and has touched the lives of many students during all these years.  Richard has taught English, German, and Spanish. He has also worked in Migrant education in the county. And for the last few years, he has served as Literacy Coordinator and RTI Coordinator. Richard also works with the Ocoee Health Care as a translator.

The Class of 2019 at Rhea County High School was honored to have Richard deliver their Commencement address.

We at Rhea Review would like to wish Richard Daugherty a very happy and blessed retirement.

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Dean is a Contributing Editor with Rhea Review. Dean has developed an interest in local history and has published a historical website relating to our history.


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