Bangs’ Richardson: ‘God had a sense of humor’ in career path

Brandy Reynolds
Bangs Alegebra teacher Cindy Richardson began her career in 1993. [Photo by Brandy Reynolds]

BANGS — Among the teachers that taught at Bangs ISD in the 1990s, almost all of them have retired or left the school system. Cindy Richardson, who started teaching sixth and seventh grade in 1993, now teaches 11 and 12th grade Algebra at Bangs High School. A teacher for 26 years now, you wouldn’t believe the journey taken to success.

As a student at Howard Payne one thing was for sure, Richardson enjoyed Algebra. With her mind set to stick with what she enjoyed and found success in, the shy student stayed the course and looked straight ahead at finding a career in the math field. CPA was the obvious choice Richardson thought. However, upon realizing Algebra wasn’t a part of accounting, and how fun her algebra professor was, the thought crossed her mind, “I can do this, I bet I could teach,” Richardson recalled.

The thought of standing in front of the class giving an oral book report growing up literally made that young girl years ago sick to her stomach. Teaching proved to be a God send; the place that has kept Cindy’s attention for 26 years now was and still is in some situations, the scariest place to her in life…standing up in front of people speaking.

“God had a sense of humor, I’d like to say,” Richardson joked.

It’s safe to say the scariest thing Richardson imagined happening as a child, giving those book reports, never happened, God sent teachers to show her the way. Each day she approaches the class with a math lesson at the white board, works a couple with them, then releases them to work some on their own during class. God did the impossible, she explains.

“I really am doing nothing special,” Richardson said.

To this day, Richardson loves teaching Algebra and the students are the best part of teaching she opined. Some are problems of course, but for the most part, they’re the best part of the job. Her 11th and 12th graders are more eager to learn as they’re approaching college and creating their lives, which Richardson finds interesting to be teaching them at that level.

At the end of the school year the hope is they’ll leave having learned more math than when they entered her classroom, and with some responsibility. When asked what’s one of the best stories that has occurred while teaching, the pioneer recalls a student talking to another student and saying, she’d learned more math then ever imagined possible in Mrs. Richardson’s class.

But Richardson thinks it funny that upon finishing their homework, some students question whether the assignment should be turned in during class the next day.

When the day is done Richardson wants her students and parents to know she’ll do whatever it takes to assure that the children at Bangs ISD have learned what they needed to learn and are prepared for life. Richardson also explained the school system has put so much in place to be utilized by the students on their journey toward success.