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Richard Tubbs

Getting to know Mr. Tubbs

After my first semester of college, I was challenged by a former high school teacher who asked, “If money didn’t matter, what would you do with your life?” I answered "teaching" and changed my major the very next day to pursue a teaching credential.  It is a privilege to be able to work with our students, parents and staff and get to do something I love!
I was born and raised in the Inland Empire and moved to San Diego county to attend Cal State San Marcos. I began my career as a middle school teacher in Cupertino. After six years in Northern California, my wife and I decided to return to the San Diego area to be closer to extended family. I joined the Carlsbad education community in 2001 as an 8th grade science teacher at Valley. I also served as Valley’s athletic director and brought the W.E.B. (a student connectedness program) to our district.  I was appointed Assistant Principal of Valley in 2005 and served as the principal of Hope from 2006 to 2019. During my tenure, Hope was named a California Distinguished School for the first time in 2008 with a perfect score on the application and received a second California Distinguished School Award in 2014 (the only CUSD school that year).  I was named the Outstanding Elementary Principal of the Year in 2014 from the California Music Educators Association for my role in supporting the arts, the NCCSE Administrator of the Year 2020, and the Volunteer of the Year for Kids For Peace in 2021.  In 2016, Hope was named a California Gold Ribbon School (the state's highest award) with an additional Exemplary Program Award for Outstanding Arts Education (the only elementary school in Carlsbad and only 1 of 30 statewide that year!). Pacific Rim received the Pivotal Practice Award (the state's highest award in 2022) for our outstanding work to promote social emotional learning for students (one of only two schools in Carlsbad and one of 27 in all of San Diego County).

My  wife is employed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and we have a son who is a law enforcement officer and a daughter who attends George Fox University.

In my time away from school, I enjoy going to the beach with family, helping friends and family remodel their homes, off-roading, motorcycle rides, and reading. I have also enjoyed being a member of a sand sculpture team that captured six first place awards in the amateur division of the U.S. Open Sandcastle competition at Imperial Beach. 

I have always viewed school as a place to be part of, not just a place to attend.   I value the passion of the staff.  We like to have fun in what we do and we hope your student does too.  I look forward to continuing to support this community and its outstanding tradition of excellence.  I value the importance of community connections and hope you join us in supporting a strong and positive home/school relationship.

Our Parent Teacher Organization and school would love your continued support of our enrichment programs, which include art, physical education, and credentialed assistants.  These programs help provide our Waveriders with a balance of emotional, physical, creative balance to maximize their potential.

I believe it is important for students to Be Kind, Be Safe, Work Hard, and Have Fun.  We promote our essential character traits everyday and in all that we do!   Please be sure to reach out and help me build connections quickly so that we all can be part of the success of our community!



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