Instructor, Landscaping and Horticulture and
Construction Vocational Team Facilitator
413-863-9561, ext. 285 email@example.com
Kurt Richardson started teaching horticulture at the Franklin County Technical School in 2002 after several years as a substitute during winter down times in his private business.
Before entering the education field, Kurt owned and operated several “green” businesses including a retail garden center, a greenhouse operation, as well as landscape contracting, irrigation contracting and tree work companies.
His wide range of experience allows him to introduce students to a variety of career paths and opportunities in the horticulture sector.
Kurt's philosophy on technical education is to provide students with the employability skills they will need to succeed after high school, no matter what career they may choose.
Kurt holds a Bachelor’s of Science in environmental design from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He became a licensed vocational teacher in Massachusetts in 2016.
He holds a Massachusetts Commercial Pesticide License, a Massachusetts Hoisters License, a Commercial Driver’s License, a Massachusetts Horticulturist Certificate, and is certified as an irrigation contractor and as an irrigation auditor.
Landscaping and Horticulture
413-863-9561, ext. 285
Amanda Mattison began teaching at FCTS in 2022. She holds an associate's degree in Horticulture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst and a bachelor's degree in Plant, Soil & Insect Science from UMass Amherst.
Prior to teaching at FCTS, Amanda spent 13 years in the industry. Her industry experience started during her high school co-op working at a garden center north of Boston selling plants to landscapers and contractors. Upon completing her time at UMass Amherst she began working at Pioneer Gardens in Deerfield, MA, a wholesale perennial plug and bareroot grower supplying large growers and garden centers across North America. She worked her way up from an assistant grower and production manager overseeing 2+ acres of greenhouse-grown plugs and several dozen acres of field-grown perennials.
In addition to her role as a landscaping and horticulture instructor, Amand proudly serves as an FFA advisor and has been involved with the National FFA Organization since high school. When she is not teaching or working on FFA activities, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and twin sons, especially outdoors.
It is the policy of the Franklin County Technical School not to discriminate on the basis of homeless status, sex, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, transgender, gender identity, creed, color, national origin or disability in its educational programs, activities or employment policies.