Category Archives: Teacher Life

Turner, Uber Driver In Her Spare Time?

By Emily D. and Skye R. Have you met Mrs. Wendy Turner? Maybe you’ve seen her in classroom twelve or watching her kids play sports. If you haven’t met her, here’s a bit about Turner! Turner has three kids. She … Continue reading

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Meet Ms. Markovich

  By Skye  R. and Emily D. Ms. Stephanie Markovich is another teacher we interviewed. Here are some crazy facts about her! Markovich’s favorite color is hot pink, which fills her classroom. She loves it so much! We were wondering … Continue reading

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McCullen Temporarily Fills Assistant Principal’s Shoes

By Elliot L. And Dillon M. Do you know Mr. Ian Mc Cullen, our new Intrim Assistant Principal? McCullen is currently filling in for RMS Assistant Principal Krystal Alcala who should be returning in Quarter 2.   McCullen thinks that good qualities … Continue reading

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Mesta Wins Rattlesnake Award!

  Richardson’s own Edithza Mesta is the first 2016 recipient of the prestigious Richardson Rattlesnake Award! This award is given to the teacher who has stood out for their exceptional achievements both in the classroom and in the Richardson community. … Continue reading

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M+U+F+T+I=Mufti (Originally Posted on April 25, 2013)

By Nathaniel A. Did you know that Ms. Arshia Mufti  is one of the first teachers to teach at RMS?  She has taught at Richardson for eighteen years. She is a big help to RMS because she helps students who need … Continue reading

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7th Graders React To The Field Trip To Medieval Times

Students in Mrs. Elaine Richmond’s class were asked, “What is your reaction, comment or opinion about your experience at Medieval Times?”  Here are some of their responses. I loved Medieval Times (MT).  It made me feel like I was in … Continue reading

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New “Kid” On The Block-Meet Mister Medrano

By Victoria P. Have you met Mr. Medrano yet? He’s Richardson’s new Social Science and Physical Education teacher. If you don’t have him as a teacher, here are some facts about him just so you can get to know him … Continue reading

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She Said “Yes!”

Jessica Rodriguez & Jonathan Albrigo “We met about a year and eight months ago when a mutual friend decided we were ‘meant for each other’! A little over a year later, he proposed at Signal Hill Park in Long Beach … Continue reading

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New Kid On The Block: Ms. Cristina Daco

By Jocelyn H. Ever wonder which teacher uses Room 25? Well, the new 8th grade Physical Science and English Language Development teacher, Cristina Daco, is now teaching there! Daco was born in the Philippines and raised in the United States … Continue reading

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They Said “I Do”!

On Saturday, September 14th, new Intervention Teacher, Saira Heriji married her long time boyfriend, Erik.  They were married in Temecula and will go on their honeymoon some time next year when they both get a break from work.  Best wishes … Continue reading

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Carlsson Treated To Cambodia Cuisine

By Jocelyn H. Do you know anyone who won a spelling bee twice, once in the fourth grade and another one in the sixth grade? It is the new Seventh and Eighth Grade English Teacher Mr. Andrew Thomas Carlsson. Carlsson … Continue reading

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RMS Welcomes Saira Hirji

By Jocelyn H. Who likes purple? Ms. Saira Hirji (Pronounced Her gee) does! Hirji is a new ELA teacher for sixth and seventh grade. She also teaches Study Skills and ELA Intervention. “[The best thing about teaching is] seeing the … Continue reading

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Need Help? Ask A Teacher!

Here, on the RMS campus, teachers are available several days and times a week to help students.  If you are in need of one on one instruction, take advantage of these “gifts” of time from your teachers.  Just remember, “There … Continue reading

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Welcome Baby Maddy!

Welcome to Baby Madeline (Maddy) Marie Mason.  Her proud parents, Zack Mason and Amanda Malpede-Mason (Science Teacher) welcomed her to the world on August 23rd at 8:00AM.  She weighed exactly 7 lbs. and was 19 inches long. According to Maddy’s … Continue reading

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My Summer Vacation

By Seventh Grader Jocelyn H. How did students spend their summer? Here are some of the adventures the Journalism students had over the break. Lake Tahoe “There was the family reunion in Lake Tahoe, and it was a blast!” – … Continue reading

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Suzuki Sails Off

Sixth Grade Teacher, Joyce Suzuki, has retired.  She leaves RMS after seventeen years.  Her specialty included teaching students who came to us with little ability to speak the English language.  Her patience and encouragement for these students helped them to … Continue reading

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She Said “Yes”!

Math Teacher, Michael Fujii has asked his girlfriend, Emi, for her hand in marriage.  They met at Peninsula High School and started dating after they graduated  in 2002.  They have not set the wedding date, but plan to wed some … Continue reading

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Teachers Prepare For Arrival Of Students

We are baaaaccccckkkkkk! September 3rd and 4th were the first days of school for the teachers and staff of Richardson Middle School.  The two days were filled with team building exercises, Common Core discussions, school business, and guest speaker, Sid … Continue reading

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Sportscaster Stiffel?

By Lauren H. A member of the Richardson Middle School staff for three years, the teacher for the Special Day Class-grades Sixth through Eighth. She adores all her students and does her best to help them and cares for them … Continue reading

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Yu Makes A Difference At RMS

By Brittany L. Most Eighth Graders know Mrs. Julie Yu because she is a social studies teacher, but did you know that she has taught at RMS for sixteen years?  Yu is a teacher because she wants to make a … Continue reading

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Holtz Chose Teaching Over Directing

By Kristy L. They say a journey begins with a single step. Well then Ms. Kristl Holtz certainly has taken many steps! She’s traveled to various countries, been to many different schools, and she’s even met the former president of … Continue reading

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What’s in a Website?

When “dot com” was first mentioned on the radio and on television, several people thought it was a new candy or restaurant.  Things have changed.  “Surfing the web” is a popular pastime of people all over the world.  When asked, … Continue reading

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Kissner: Science Wiz, But Much More

By Eric H. Have you been around RMS lately? Have you seen Mr. Andrew Kissner? Kissner is the RMS Science Teacher for Sixth and Eighth Grade. He teaches Life Science and Physical Science. He may know every question and answer … Continue reading

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Life Before RMS

By Amanda M. Many teachers at RMS devote a lot of time and hard work to their teaching careers in order to help students learn. However, not everyone has always been a teacher. Some teachers have had other jobs in … Continue reading

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So Many Things To Be Thankful For

By Karin S. On Thanksgiving, we celebrate what we are thankful for including things, family and friends. Here are some of the things that students and teachers of Richardson Middle School are thankful for in addition to family and friends. “I am thankful … Continue reading

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Whittaker: She’ll Be There For You!

By Hadley C. Let’s get the inside scoop on Ms. Kelli Whittaker. You can see her around the school either in her classroom or out and about helping with Student Council. She teaches three classes and has been at RMS … Continue reading

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Teaching Runs In The Turner Family

By Karin S. Do you like the color pink? Well, so does Mrs. Wendy Turner! Turner, a Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher, attended Torrance High School and joined the Soccer and Softball Team. After she graduated from THS, she … Continue reading

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Pirate Pearlman, Now How Does That Sound?

By Amanda M. Have you ever walked into Room 28 at Snack to hang out, get candy from a little Elvis box in the corner, or look at the giant picture collage that covers three out of the four walls in … Continue reading

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Meet Ms. Lynda Williams

By Eric H. Have you met Richardson Middle Schools new librarian? Well, here name is Ms. Lynda Williams. How many times do you think most people would say that the schools librarian is fun…not many? This year Richardson has gotten … Continue reading

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What’s Up Docs?

Congratulations to, now, Dr. Chad Mabery and Dr. Scott McDowell for earning their PHDs from UCLA.

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Jackie Reesha Closes The Book On This Chapter

 “Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom. Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. … Continue reading

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Gail Nowak Sings Her Swan Song

  On May 31st, a Tea was held in honor of Ms. Gail Nowak.  Nowak will be retiring this year.  Before she leaves, she has one more song to sing.  Please click on the link to enjoy her performance. Goodbye, Ms. … Continue reading

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Conner Makes People Think

By Devon K. You have either seen her playing basketball or dodge ball during lunch or walking around campus. Eighth Grade Teacher, Mrs. Joelle Conner, has been teaching for the past twenty years. She spent five years at Orville Wright … Continue reading

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The Sound Of Music Starts With Willett

By Kimberly O. Have you ever been by the Adventures in Art room and heard a loud, unpleasant cacophony emitted from Room 2 that then magically—after a brief pause—transforms into a beautiful melodious tune and wondered, “Who is capable of … Continue reading

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It All Adds Up For Rodriguez

By McKenna E. Welcome to our new math teacher, Ms. Jessica Rodriguez, who was born in Bellflower, California.  When she was two, she moved once to a house about five blocks away from her old house and that became her … Continue reading

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Teachers Look Forward To Summer Too!

By Cindy C. After a long, hardworking, fun year for all RMS teachers, they are also looking forward to a nice and relaxing summer. Here is a list of all Richardson Middle School teachers’ summer plans: Mr. Mabery –”I’m going … Continue reading

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Where In The School Are You Mr. Rattles?

Yes, once again, Mr. Rattles, the Rockstar Rattlesnake Award, has changed his home for the month.  Do you know where he is? See if the following hints help you solve the mystery. This teacher is new to RMS.  He is said to … Continue reading

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Treasure Hunter, Joe Petito

Mr. Joe Petito   By Cindy C. You may have heard of our technology teacher Mr. Joe Petito. Petito grew up in Wilmington, California.  He is not an ordinary teacher whose career goal was to be a teacher from the … Continue reading

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Math Wizard, Stephany Nakamura

    By Cindy C. You may have heard of Mrs. Stephanie Nakamura, or the Seventh Grade Math teacher, who teaches Pre-Algebra and Seventh Grade Accelerated Math. Born and grew up in West Los Angeles, Nakamura always wanted to be … Continue reading

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Enthusiastic Voyager, Mrs. Elaine Richmond

By Cindy C. Many students may have heard of an awesome Seventh Grade Social Studies teacher that loves to travel a lot. Who do you think it is? Well, if you couldn’t figure it out, you should keep on reading.  It … Continue reading

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Newman: One of RMS’ First Teachers

By Paul M. Mrs. Newman, also known as Alison Newman, first taught at Fern Elementary in Torrance, California. Newman was convinced she wanted to be a teacher in third grade because her third grade teacher was her idol and wanted to be just like … Continue reading

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Need Extra Help? See A Teacher!

Here, on the RMS campus, teachers are available several days and times a week to help students.  If you are in need of one on one instruction, take advantage of these “gifts” of time from your teachers. Just remember, “There is no … Continue reading

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Where’s Mr. Rattles?

A new award has been given to a RMS teacher to keep for a month.  It is called the Rattlesnake Rockstar.  Principal Mr. Chad Mabery gave out the first award to one teacher on our campus.  This teacher was described … Continue reading

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