Kristen Richardson

Kristen Richardson

Hometown: Morganton and Vilas, NC

Joined ASA Team: September 8, 2020

Team Assignment: Assisting any athlete assigned.

Educational Background:  Appalachian State University, BS in Special Education, 1984; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEd in Special Education, 1989

Professional Experience:   I began my career as an Exceptional Children’s Teacher in elementary and middle school (Marion, Durham, and Valdese, NC);   became a 7th and 8th grade English/Language Arts teacher who also coached Science Olympiad and coordinated overnight field trips.  I retired after 31 years of teaching, with 21 of those at Heritage Middle School in Valdese.   While not a student athlete, I played in the ASU Marching Band for two years, and am a great fan of most any sport in which I know a player!  (I have a former student in the NFL right now. . .from Valdese!)

Best Part of Job:   Being a part of a student-athlete’s success; helping folks reach their full potential; learning new things and meeting new people.

Favorite Quote:  “Hope is a thing with feathers, that perches in the soul/ And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.”  - Emily Dickinson

Personal: I enjoy the outdoors: gardening, hiking, biking, and enjoying nature and wild things. I also enjoy spending time with my husband, niece, nephew, dog, and other family and friends.  I have had wonderful travel/mission opportunities with my church, but the COVID thing put a damper on the trip we had planned this year to Ocracoke.  I enjoy traveling for fun, too, with Ocracoke being one of my most favorite places on earth, besides home!


Title: Learning Specialist

Email address: Email me

Office address
242A D. D. Dougherty Hall