Meet Us Monday: Mrs. Richards
Each Monday, we will showcase a different member of our Saint Matthias family. Mrs. Vivian Richards is our director of development, enrollment, admissions, you name it- she does it! This is her 11th year at The Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle. A native of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Richards is bilingual and the mother of a Saint Matthias alumna.
1. Tell us a little bit about you.
My family is from Puerto Rico, where I spent a number of years growing up. I was educated in both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking settings, so I know the value of global education. I love animals, especially dogs (at one point I had five!). I’m an avid sports fan and love cheering on the Redskins, Capitals, and Orioles. In the summer of 2013, I married my longtime friend and high school sweetheart- some of you may know me as Ms. Mason- it’s still the same happy, fun, me!
2. What is your favorite memory from being in school?
In high school, I was on the debate team. We had competitions against other high schools. There were six of us on the team. I loved, even then, writing an argument and fighting for what was right. I get to do this now as I work to make sure as many families as possible can be a part of our Saint Matthias family.
3. Where is your ideal vacation spot?
There are so many! I guess right now my ideal, most favorite would be on any island with clear water, good weather, white sand, and palm trees!
4. What is a special skill or talent we may not know you have?
I love to sing! I was a member of my church and youth group choir.
5. Why Saint Matthias?
Because it’s awesome! Saint Matthias has such a sense of family and belongingness. This place is where children thrive, and I get to witness that everyday. I’m honored to be a part of this process, and to get to help students and families.