ALOMA D. JOHNSON CHARTER SCHOOL
Dr. Richards has been involved in education for over 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Daemen College. Dr. Richards earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Elementary Mathematics at the University at Buffalo. In addition, Dr. Richards pursued her Educational Leadership certificate at Niagara University and her Ed.D. at D’Youville College.
Dr. Richards taught special education classes at Clarence High School. During her tenure at the Clarence Central School District, she was involved in the inception of the co-teaching model and all students taking regents examinations. Following this experience, Dr. Richards worked with the WNY School Support Center. This agency was created by the NYS Education Department to ensure high quality teaching and learning in all schools. Among the initiatives she was involved in was the Drop Out Prevention Program, Understanding the Framework of Poverty, and Differentiating Instruction. Dr. Richards continued her career into administration as an assistant principal at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and Grover Cleveland High School. She moved in the principal role at North Tonawanda Middle School and then Ohio Elementary. Finally she began as an Achievement Coordinator and Director at Aloma D. Johnson Charter School.
Dr. Richards has been involved with and chaired a number of committees throughout her career. She has been a member of two shared decision making teams. One team was as a teacher in Clarence, and the other in the Starpoint District as a parent. As a community member and a principal, Dr. Richards was a member of the North Tonawanda Youth Center Board. Currently, Dr. Richards is on the executive committee for the WNY Charter School Alliance.
Dr. Richards believes that all children can learn and are worth “whatever it takes” to make that happen. She feels that teamwork is the ultimate way a school can be successful in reaching the goal of helping a child attain his or her full potential.
Dr. Richards indicates, “I have been part of this charter school since 2011 and I believe in the mission, students and staff.”
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