Carol Richtsmeier, called Richie by her students, recently retired as the journalism teacher and publications adviser at a public high school located just south of Dallas. She gave up waiting to be discovered by Oprah and decided to retire at the end of the 2013 school year. She has launched a new (ad)venture selling real estate. You can find her on Facebook (Ask The Home Diva) & Askthehomediva.com (She's always been a house nerd.)

She also is a free-lance writer and journalism workshop instructor. She wrote a book called, How to Lose Your Self of Steam & Other Teaching Lessons I Never Learned From Professional Development.

She received the 2005 Courage in Student Journalism Award from the national Newseum, Student Press Law Center and National Scholastic Press Association. She was the first teacher to ever receive this award. In 2002, she was named the Texas state journalism Teacher of the Year. She was named a 2009 Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Distinguished Adviser. She detests stupidity, but is easily amused. She lives in a small Texas town with her husband of a gazillion years, two dogs and Howard the Shelter Cat.

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