Lois A. Richards of Curwensville is a candidate for School Director of the Curwensville Area School District.
Richards graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree in workforce education and development.
Throughout her years in public education, she continued to earn continuing education credits and certifications, including cooperative education certification.
Richards began her career in education as an elementary long-term substitute teacher, but most of her more than 30-year career was spent at the Clearfield County Career & Technology Center.
In January of 1990, she began a seven-year position as the adult business education program instructor. In 1997 she was hired to coordinate the cooperative education work program for the consortium’s six school districts’ high school seniors, as well as the School to Work program for the districts.
In February of 2004, she became the first female executive director of the Clearfield County Career & Technology Center and remained in that position until her retirement in December of 2013.
Under her guidance, the school underwent a much-needed $10 million renovation project. She also started dual enrollment credit opportunities for students in several programs at the school, whereby students could earn college credits for work done while attending their career and technical program at the school.
In her administrative position, Richards was responsible for all aspects of the school, including, but not limited to, personnel and human resources, contracts and grants, buildings and grounds, budgeting, curriculum management, program development, student advocacy, etc. She also worked with a six-member board with a representative from each of the six districts.
Following her retirement, Richards was invited to be an educational consultant with the Technical Assistance Program at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, a position she currently holds until June of 2019.
In fall of 2014, she was also asked to simultaneously be an instructor for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a position she held for a year, resigning because of time constraints.
Richards and her husband, Edward have lived in Curwensville for 44 years. Their three children, Mike, Carrie and Matt, all attended Curwensville schools. They currently have four grandchildren attending classes in the district.
Richards has volunteered with a number of organizations, boards and committees over the years. The most notable is the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, in which she was the 2016-2018 Pennsylvania state president.
She has also been an active volunteer with the local GFWC Curwensville Woman’s Club for more than 40 years, serving in nearly every office and many committees.
She’s been the Pennsylvania Cooperative Education Association state president, the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrations Central Region president, as well as a leader in many other organizations.
Richards was also the director of The Search for Peace in Curwensville until 2017.
Richards believes that with her diverse background in both education and volunteerism, she would be of value to her local school district and is eager to serve.
“Volunteerism is my main hobby. I’m proud of my leadership skills, volunteer involvement and more than 30 years of experience in education and hope to put those abilities to good use with the Curwensville Area School District Board of Education,” she says.
Richards would appreciate the support of district voters at the May 21 primary.