Richard Strot is director of the English as a Second Language (ESL) supplemental certification program and serves as the Director of the School of Education’s Global Initiatives. His background includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia and extensive experience in Bilingual and Early Childhood Education. He joined the School of Education as a clinical lecturer in 1993 with 17 years of teaching experience in rural and urban public schools. His work with Baylor’s Professional Development School program began that same year at Hillcrest Elementary PDS. His passion for working in clinical settings with teacher education candidates continues unabated with Professor Strot as the University Liaison at Bells Hill Elementary PDS, a STEM focused campus in Waco ISD. He teaches field-based courses in Pedagogy and Professional Development and a course in English as a Second Language Methods.

Professor Strot established the Baylor Education in Costa Rica study abroad program in 2007. Each summer, he leads a group of education students and faculty for a month of cultural immersion and clinical experiences at a partner bilingual school in that Central American country. He is the liaison to Monterrey Tec at Queretaro, Mexico, to promote and arrange collaborations for a course-embedded international experience initiative.

Professor Strot is an accomplished puppeteer. He has been an invited performer and workshop presenter at national puppet festivals and serves as a regional director for Puppeteers of America. He worked for many years with the acclaimed Nancy Renfro Studios in Austin, Texas, as a puppetry curriculum developer and script writer. His skills with puppetry in early childhood education are shared in classrooms, at workshop presentations, and in performances of original puppet plays.