David Richardson’s love for teaching was embedded in him after being raised by a teacher.
His mom is still a first grade teacher at Cainhoy Elementary School, and Richardson always loved how she could make an impact on her students. He aspired to one day do the same thing – through teaching music.
Richardson is now 28 years old and is in his sixth year teaching – one year was served at Cross Elementary in Berkley County in 2008. He teaches chorus and special music education at Fort Dorchester High School.
Richardson grew up in Huger and went to Hanahan High School. For college he attended Charleston Southern University, where he studied music education and voice. He is currently working on his master’s degree in choral music and education through Kent State University.
In addition to teaching, Richardson directs the school musical – this year’s performance was “Grease,” and the musical piece is open to the entire school.
In 2009 he was named Rookie Teacher of the Year and was nominated this year for Teacher of the Year.
Richardson said he has been blessed to never have a bad experience teaching.
“I guess I’ll have that down the road but I’ve really enjoyed every place that I’ve been in,” he said.
His best experience as a teacher was being named South Carolina Music Educators Association’s Young Music Educator of the Year this past year.
“My professional goal is to teach on a collegiate level eventually – music education and choral activities,” he said, “and train pre-service teachers that are going into music education, as well as being a choral clinician.”
Richardson is a Moncks Corner resident and is not married. He does not have any pets, saying he does not have the time to take care of one. He has no children – outside of the ones he teaches at school, he said.
In his free time Richardson likes to collect ink pens. For the most part, however, his career is his hobby.
“I like grad school a lot,” he said. “I love learning.”
Richardson also likes spending time with friends and family, and also enjoys traveling – his most recent adventure was Spring Break of last year when he went to Florida and Virginia. He would like to go back to England, having traveled there while he was in college.
Outside of school, Richardson is the interim choir director at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville. He also conducts the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Spiritual Ensemble and also sings and is assistant conductor for Singers of Summerville.
Richardson said he has been singing for as long as he has known himself. He has played the piano since he was 7 years old.
“Some people know me better as a pianist,” he said. “I play for a lot of people.”
Richardson said he greatly enjoys working at Fort Dorchester High School, saying he feels “very called” to the school.
“My life goal is to make a difference through music,” he said. “I want to help somebody along their way and give them hope and tools to achieve whatever they would like to.”