Richard Velasco is a clinical assistant professor of mathematics and science education at the University of Iowa (UI) where he teaches secondary math methods courses and supervises secondary math and science pre-service teachers. His current line of research includes STEM teacher advocacy, conceptualizations of STEM education, and informal STEM learning spaces. He has research and practitioner articles published in the International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, Education Sciences, Pacific Journal of Education, Journal of Autoethnography, Technology and Engineering Teacher, and Mathematics Teacher. Prior to working at UI, Richard was a secondary math teacher for twelve years, a national board certified teacher in early adolescent mathematics, a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and an NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassador funded by the National Science Foundation. Throughout his career, Richard has mentored in-service novice math teachers and continues in learning and mentorship through his work with pre-service STEM teachers.