Tricia Richardson grew up in Carmel, ME, and graduated from Rivier University in Nashua, NH, with a B.A. in Public Relations.
After many successful years as a nonprofit fundraiser, she made a career change to education, earning her K-8 teaching certification at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She taught for several years in Virginia and Washington, DC before returning to Maine in 2014 and joining the staff of RSU 22. Tricia taught second & third grade, before serving the district as a K-12 Gifted and Talented teacher. In 2015, Tricia earned her Maine Gifted & Talented Endorsement and continued on, earning her Masters of Arts in Gifted Education, from the University of South Florida. Ms. Richardson holds further expertise in working with twice exceptional (2e) students – those who are gifted and have a disability. Soon she will receive her Certificate of Advanced Study in Special Education with a focus on Autism from the University of Maine to further advance her expertise in this area.
Ms. Richardson is married and lives in Hampden with her husband Gary and two lovable labs. She has four grown children, two sons and twin stepdaughters. She loves the outdoors and all things Maine – running, hiking, kayaking, and biking.