Photos: Teacher sees off last class

For 30 years, Richardson has reigned over this corner of the Esplanade Avenue school: a classroom and a 12-sink salon next door. For many years, she worked with 100 or 150 students each year. Charts of carefully entered data show names and test dates. Over time, 90 percent of her students passed the two state tests to become licensed cosmetologists. About half have gone on to work in salons.