Degrees and Certifications:

  • Dave Richardson
    "I am amazed at the number of students who exceed all expectations-the ones whose only ambition in high school was to graduate. Then you hear about their advanced degrees and successful careers. As teachers, these are the possibilities we always keep in the mind. The potential-however hidden-we always see."
    Dave Richardson

    BA, California State University, Chico

    Teaches: GOVERNMENT

    Dave Richardson taught in the public sector for 3 years prior to beginning his career at Mid-Peninsula High School in 1980.

    In his role as the school's College Advisor, Dave stresses to students that it is not essential for 17-year-olds to know their college major/career path as a junior in high school. Contrary to this notion, Dave knew he wanted to be a Social Studies teacher who might go into administrative/counseling work at the end of his junior year in high school. His U.S. History teacher/basketball coach inspired him to enter into a career in education by illustrating the power of an educator devising classroom experiences that opened students' minds to new ideas and information.

    Dave's Government class is organized to develop skills such as understanding and applying the concepts of cause and effect, distinguishing between fact and opinion, analyzing primary and secondary sources, and identifying the main idea of a topic. These skills are designed to develop the most important aspect of any Social Studies class-the ability of students to think in a thoughtful and critical manner. Even if students are not interested in politics, it is important for them to understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens and how they function in communities.

    Proving that you are never too old to learn, in 2007 Dave completed a two-year certificate program at the University of California, Berkeley in post-secondary counseling.

    Dave's interests include a passion for reading, studying history and playing golf. Dave volunteers his time as the chairperson or member of accreditation committees for secondary schools throughout California.