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NHS Bulletin 12/10/13
North High Bulletin 12/5/13
New Principal Shares Saxons Uniqueness and Diversity
Welcome our new principal Dr. Ron Richardson! Dr. Richardson has recently transferred from Madrona Middle School to North, claiming his position as the new principal to the home of the Saxons. After Dr. Matt Horvath’s leave, Mr. Barry Gross, an interim principal, took over from September 20th to October 4th until Dr. Ronald Richardson arrived to North. Behind his mild and cool demeanor Dr. Richardson’s turns out to be quite the interesting man!
He is married and has a son and daughter. His son, Brent Richardson is a personal trainer in Hollywood who is quite famous for training celebrities. His daughter, Dana Richardson is an artist in Chicago and a film director for the organic gardening documentary, Back to Eden. And his wife Sylvia Richardson is a librarian at PV library, and a former teacher as well. His parents were community activists and teachers who sought to make a positive impact in the world around them. Richardson and his parents went everywhere from road trips and experiences of the world history which has heightened his interests of geography and the community around him.
In education, Dr. Richardson has been a proud teacher of Spanish and Japanese as well as mentoring beginning teachers from the past. Dr. Richardson was a former principal from many schools and given his experiences, he wishes to listen attentively to others at North and plans to engage the pros, cons and concerns of our community. He said, “North High is the center of action in this part of town, and we have the opportunity if we work together with enthusiasm and energy, to transform this area in positive ways. I want to change the world, but realize that we need to think and act locally. My dreams are huge and they only have power if they are shared and realistic.”
He loves foreign movies, and he is a true animal lover. He enjoys personal activities like swimming, gardening, mountaineering, traveling, and even singing and dancing! And he’s also a fan of 60’s music era. He enjoys listening to musicians such as The Rolling Stones, The Doors, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, The Grateful Dead, and old classical blues. He’s been all over the world, places including Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and France. Dr. Richardson is very family oriented and has a passion for the different cultures of the world and since our school celebrates different cultures in multicultural assemblies, he says he would be very proud to be a part of our traditions, celebrating our multiculturalism.
He has been proudly serving California schools for many years. Dr. Richardson’s administration experience includes 12 years in middle school and 4 years in elementary. He has gained his elementary and secondary credentials, and his master’s degree of education at UCLA. He also obtained his administration credential at UC Irvine and his doctorates in both UCI/UCLA and his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz. And after that he studied Japanese and Aikido in Tokyo for two years. Dr. Richardson served as a mentor in NarbonneHigh School teaching subjects like Economics and American History. He said, “Education must begin with an exposure to joy and variety, ideas have a way of creating people. I enjoy working with educators and the community in a collaborative way to find ways to improve the learning environment and school culture.”
Dr. Richardson loves meeting new people so feel free to greet and welcome him to North! We all have one or more goals in life. Dr. Richardson’s true goal is making the world a better place. He is involved in the Garbology project which is analyzing the trash and recycles of a community and refining its uses to more efficient things in our environment. He is really concerned about our environment here at North as he noted students leave trash EVERYWHERE in campus. Mostly during lunch as trash fills up benches and scraps of food are left for the hungry pigeons. People leave their trash on the tables even when the trash cans are two feet away from them. Dr. Richardson advises that this is our school so we need to keep our home clean! This is one of the goals he has for North because he wants our respect for our environment. He says, “North High is a small town impacting thousands of people and we have the opportunity if we’re brave and work hard to make our lives better. I try to be patient and understanding but I want my students to share a sense of urgency about the choices they make everyday.”