Phone: 281-634-1588


Degrees and Certifications:

BA Interdisciplinary Studies Minor Special Education MEd Educational Leadership Certifications - Elementary 1-6 Special Education pk - 12 Principalship - pk-12

Mr. Richard E. Van Gilder

I am excited to begin my 23rd year of teaching and my fifth year at Schiff Elementary. I have over 20 years of experience teaching students with special needs.  I am a native Houstonian and an Army vet.  I have a daughter in sixth grade.  My wife is a science teacher in Alvin ISD.  She is also in her 23rd year of teaching.  I believe in setting high expectations and doing the work necessary to achieve our lofty goals.  

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."   Sydney J. Harris

  • Lunch - 11:20-11:50

    Conference 11:50-12:40

  • Tutorials held as needed and in conjunction with grade level teachers.