Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Michelle Reed
Congratulations to Michelle Reed of Highlands Elementary School, selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight recipient!
Ms. Reed just began teaching first grade at Highlands this year, and she already stands out as an exceptional educator. She started out in the medical field as a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant), but when she decided to attend UAH to earn her degree, she also decided to make the switch to education. Ms. Reed says that a lot of people have had that ‘one teacher’ who had a huge impact on their lives, so she changed careers for the chance at also being that ‘one teacher.’ When she isn’t teaching, she spends most of her time with family. She and her husband have two boys who are both in year-round ‘travel’ baseball. Her husband, a former soldier in the U.S. Army, now works at Science and Engineering Services (SES).
The engineering company, which focuses mainly on helicopters, recently signed an agreement to provide educational opportunities for HCS students.
Highlands Elementary Assistant Principal Hovet Dixon says, “anybody that does it from the heart - they don’t look for recognition. They come in and really just do it as a calling. Ms. Reed is one of those.” Students in her class are usually engaging in hands-on activities, moving around the classroom, or interacting with her. She says that she “loves being in the classroom,” and she likes to keep them moving around so they don’t get bored. According to Ms. Reed, if they get bored they “zone out,” and then she isn’t making progress with them, so she really stresses keeping them engaged through fun activities.
Mr. Dixon adds that Ms. Reed is the epitome of what he calls “intentionality,” and that she spends a great deal of time planning her lessons to ensure that they are geared towards student interests and capabilities. The result is a dynamic classroom full of students who are having fun and learning at the same time.