New Freshman Seminar teacher, Mr. Richards (Timothy Richards), isn’t just new to CMHS, but new to teaching as well! Monday, August 23, was his first day teaching a class of his own.

Freshman Seminar is a one-semester course for 9th graders where you learn the skills to set you up for success in high school and beyond, such as organization, goal setting, and career exploration. For the other semester, you take Health Education. 

Mr. Richards chose to teach Freshman Seminar because of the opportunity it gives him to help students do well in their other classes and in high school.

“The first week of school was very exciting,” said Mr. Richards, “I had a great time getting to know all of my students. I was definitely nervous but it's going well so far and I'm excited for the rest of the school year.”

Before teaching at Costa Mesa High School, Mr. Richards got his degree in geography at Cal State Fullerton, where he also played baseball.

Then, he got his teaching credential at Concordia and coached their baseball team for three years.

Now Mr. Richards is both the Freshman Seminar teacher and the assistant coach for the Costa Mesa High School varsity baseball team. 

“We are in our second week so far and doing a lot of strength training and conditioning and it's going well so far. I think we’re going to have a good year,” Mr. Richards said. 

Outside of teaching and coaching, Mr. Richards likes to be outdoors.

“I try to be as active as possible, so I just try to go on hikes in my free time and then every vacation try to make some camping trips.”

Welcome to the Mustang family Mr. Richards!