Dave Richardson has been an Orinda Academy trustee since 1996. Prior to joining the Orinda board, he served eighteen years as a trustee at Mid-Peninsula High School. Dave has worked in education for the past forty years. Two of those years Dave was employed as a Social Studies and English teacher in the public school system, and thirty eight years working in independent schools, the last thirty seven as an administrator/teacher at Mid-Peninsula High School in Menlo Park. In his independent school career, Dave has filled numerous roles including business, facilities, payroll, human resources, government compliance, student records management, and school strategic planning committees. Currently, Dave is the Academic Director and College Advisor, and the American Government teacher at Mid-Peninsula. Current additional duties include teacher evaluation, supporting student activities, serving on the school’s leadership team, and being responsible for the school’s accreditation including acting as the school’s Self-Study Coordinator and serving on committees that visit other schools undergoing accreditation.
Dave graduated from California State University, Chico with degrees in History and Political Science. He earned a Standard Secondary Teaching credential and a two Single Subject Teaching Credentials in History and Government from CSU, Chico. Much later in his career, Dave received a certificate in College Admission Counseling and Career Planning from University of California, Berkeley Extension.
Dave has lived in the Bay Area since 1961. He has been married to his wife Sandra for the past twenty nine years and they have one daughter who recently graduated from college. His interests outside of school include playing golf, reading, cooking, and watching and attending sporting events.