This is a return to San Miguel for Richards, having previously served as a founding faculty member, assistant principal, and director of the Corporate Work Study Program.
In accepting this position as principal at San Miguel High School, Richards is returning to his roots in Lasallian Catholic education and the Cristo Rey Network. In previous positions, he’s supported San Miguel and other schools nationally in the development of a rigorous, college-ready curriculum of standards and benchmarks, associated mastery rubrics, and aligned summative course assessments.
He’s also led professional development programs to assist teachers and principals in planning and instructional practice related to that curriculum.
In his most recent position with the Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) Research Group at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, Richards supported the learning of teachers and principals internationally through the development of research-based tools, resources, and programs for enhancing Catholic school identity and mission. Additionally, he also assisted first-generation international students in his role as study advisor and supported several language learning and cultural exchange initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East.