Rick Kempton - Board Chair

Board Chair

I grew up on a cotton/alfalfa farm in southeastern Arizona.  I have always enjoyed the outdoors and sports.  I have been married to my sweetheart, Joan, for 46 years and loves my 5 children and their spouses.  I am especially proud to be ‘Papa’ to my 12 grandchildren.


I have a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and began my education career as the director of a Bi-lingual, Bi-cultural and Adult Basic Education program for a school district in the Phoenix, Arizona area. I then moved to the Davis School District in Utah and taught at Wasatch Elementary and South Weber Elementary Schools.  I was also the director of the South Weber Community School and the town’s summer Recreation Director. 


I then left the elementary school environment and spent 28 years at IBM, WordPerfect, Novell, and other companies where I focused on education and training.   Being raised in a small farming community, along with spending time in various states (Arizona, Utah, Maryland, California, North Carolina, and Texas) and living outside the United States (Mexico and Germany), has helped me develop a deep sense of patriotism and a love for this wonderful country and the values it was founded upon.  I feel that these various experiences, built upon my love of education, which was founded in my own elementary classroom experiences, and give me a unique perspective for the teachers, students, and charter school community.


Passionate about service, I devote my life to the education and fellowship of all people.  I currently serve on the state’s accreditation council, which oversees accreditations of educational institutions across the state.  I have served on accreditation team visits for over 7 years now.  I enjoy the opportunities these visits provide to interact with students, parents, school administrators, board members, and other educators – assisting the entire educational process.  I have also been a reviewer of new charter schools’ applications, and often am called upon for input and ideas for solutions.  In addition to delivering a solid academic experience, I am equally passionate about helping each of the young scholars at our charter school (Noah Webster Academy) learn to internalize solid values, ethics and moral standards – inspiring them with a positive, personal example of hope, optimism, faith and belief that they can grow into selfless young adults, confident in their strength to share their good with others.


The original draw that the charter school movement to me was Noah Webster Academy’s philosophy of the responsibility for education and the partnership between the parents and the school, as stated in the school’s mission statement, “Noah Webster Academy assists parents in their stewardship of developing the hearts and minds of children…”


Many visitors to Noah Webster Academy comment that it “feels different” here.  This is so true and it is because of the truly outstanding staff and involved, committed charter school parents and dedicated governing school board!  Along with smaller class size, charter school staff, Parent Organization, and governing board’s great attitude helps give Noah Webster Academy that ‘small town’ feeling where everyone knows and helps everyone else.


I am committed to find and give professional development opportunities to those involved at Noah Webster Academy – that they, in turn, will inspire the students that walk through our doors with a lifelong love of learning, leadership, and service.


I have spent the past 10+ years as the school’s Director, now leaving that responsibility in the capable hands of Ms. Rasmussen.  I am looking forward to this, my first, year on the school’s governing board.


I love the Noah Webster family!  Being involved with this school is a dream for me!


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