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Our People: Shaping lives


August 27, 2017

Name: Nicole Richardson Age: 34 Profession: Special education teacher Hometown: Clovis Family: Husband Michael Richardson Sr., 40; son Michael Richardson Jr., 7; daughters Tajvionna Johnson,16, and Deja Thomas, 14.

Nicole Richardson grew up in Clovis as the middle child of three, graduating from Clovis High School with the class of 2000.

She is married to whom she calls her extremely talented best friend, Michael Richardson, from Chicago. He sings and plays the keyboard at church. Richardson has three children who are involved in various school activities.

She teaches special education at Parkview Elementary School. She began teaching almost a year ago and said "it has certainly been a roller coaster filled with change." She received a bachelor degree in psychology and is currently pursuing a degree in education.

She enjoys coaching and playing softball. Even though her body is trying to tell her it's time to slow down playing ball, she said she can be stubborn at times.

Richardson also enjoys attending church and spending time with her family.

What do you like about your job?

I love having the opportunity to help shape the lives of children. Our students at Parkview are amazing and they motivate me to continue teaching.

What don't you like about your job?

I do not like the politics and "red tape" that seem to control everything educators can do. It feels like there is a dark cloud filled with evaluations, tests, and policies, just waiting to pour down at a moments notice.

What's your favorite TV show, past and present?

My favorite past show is "Family Matters" and presently my favorite show is "Scandal."

When you were a kid, what did you think you'd be doing as an adult?

When I was a kid I just knew that I was going to be a veterinarian. No one could have told me any different. But then my dog died and it changed my naive view of life.

What's your favorite song?

Bruno Mars was really on point with the 24K Magic album, so it's hard for me to just pick one.

What's so great about your favorite sport?

There are so many things to love about softball. It's the perfect time to let loose and release stress. It is a time to see my friends and have adult conversations, which is much needed after talking to children all day. My softball families are the greatest and are always supportive of each other. We've seen each other at our best and comforted each other at our worst.

What's your favorite smell?

My favorite smell is Gain detergent.

If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

It would have to be my voice. That's an instrument to me, right? My husband and daughter sing, but I have a lot of work to do in order to get on their level.

Tell us about your greatest individual accomplishment?

My greatest individual accomplishment would have to be achieving my goals in spite of adversities. I was a young single mom struggling from day to day, but through my faith and the support of my loved ones I was able to get my degree and start the journey to where I am now.

Who's invited to your fantasy dinner party and why?

There are so many people that I would invite, so it's hard to choose. It would mainly consist of the same group of women that attend Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball. I would invite Maya Angelou, Della Reese, Coretta Scott-King, Cicely Tyson, Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and the list goes on. These women are such an inspiration to African American women such as myself. I grew up watching them and learning that my skin color does not have to dictate my future. I would ask them for advice and see how they feel about today's society.

— Compiled by CMI Correspondent D'Nieka Hartsfield


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