The Center for Autism and Newport Academy, a division of New Horizons Regional Education Centers (NHREC), recently announced the appointment of Dr. Joy Richardson to the position of special education coordinator for the Center for Autism 9-12 program and Newport Academy ED/ID programs. She has over 18 years of teaching and leadership experience in the field of special education.
“I am very excited to join the NHREC Team,” said Richardson. “When teachers, students, families, and school leaders work toward a common goal and are dedicated to a common vision, there’s no limit to what we can achieve.”
Richardson brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Most recently serving as the acting senior director of Special Education for Norfolk City Schools. She has also served in various other leadership positions with Hampton City Schools and other divisions in Northern Virginia. She holds a doctorate degree in Adult Education, an Ed.S. in Special Education Leadership, and a masters in Cross-Categorical Special Education all from Regent University. Richardson also holds a masters in Human Resource Development from George Washington University and received her bachelor of arts degree in Speech Communication/Dispute Resolution from James Madison University.
Richardson is passionate about building efficacy and capacity with teachers and staff, strengthening relationships with parents, and fostering positive academic and social-emotional outcomes to ensure access and opportunity for all students.
“Her experience as a practitioner and leader successfully serving multiple school divisions throughout her career offers her a unique perspective that will serve the students at the Center of Autism and Newport Academy well. Her commitment and passion for students make her a perfect fit for the Center for Autism and Newport Academy ED/ID program,” hailed Mr. Casey Roberts, NHREC Executive Director.