Richardson, Melinda

Professional Biography

  • I grew up in a small town outside of Portland, Oregon. I attended Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) where I received my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an emphasis in Forensic Science. I worked as a chemist for a natural gas company where I tested natural gas pipeline sludges and soil samples for signs of corrosion. I later worked as a molecular biologist for the BioWatch program testing air samples to assess bioterrorism risk. I also performed PCR to test flu samples for the local health department. I have always been fascinated by science and after volunteering in my son's classroom I knew I wanted to share my passion with students. I went back to school and obtained a Master of Arts in Teaching Science from Western Governors University. The 2019-2020 school year will mark my third year teaching. It is a privilege to be part of this wonderful community!
    Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time and exploring new places with my husband, our two children, and two dogs. In addition to science, I also like to quilt and sew.