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Hello! My name is Richard Layton and I teach Principles of Welding, Welding, and Advanced Welding in the CTE department at Texas School for the Deaf.  Although this is my first year at TSD, I have more than 5 years of teaching experience in both secondary and post-secondary school settings.

I graduated from Washington State School for the Deaf in 1980, went on to University of Arizona for a B.S. degree in Agriculture Technology, Management, and Education. I am also a certified diesel and heavy equipment mechanic/operator, and possess welding certificates (both from L.H. Bates Tech College, ’87) and multiple certifications in a variety of food safety, pest management, and construction technology fields. I have over 35 years of field experience before earning my degree from University of Arizona in 2011.

I am married to Sharon Kay Schira-Layton for 27 years, and am a proud father of two daughters, Molly in New York City and Marissa in Denver. Sharon and I have a Blue Heeler and two old barn cats. We used to raise hogs for the meat market, and horses & rabbits as pets and for show.

I used to volunteer as a 4H Swine Leader, also an FFA advisor, an avid biker, big game and waterfowl hunter, fisherman… Pretty much Jack of all trades!

My prep times are M/W: 10:35 AM - 11:40 AM, and T/TH: 10:35 AM - 12:50 PM.

You can reach me at the following:

Phone: 512-643-1963 (please email in advance)
Room: Kleberg Building, Room 100C