Welcome back guys, I hope you’ve enjoyed your six day weekend. Hopefully, you’ve taken advantage of that time to study for your finals. (I know I haven’t…) Anyway, we’re back this week to introduce you to Howard Reese, AKA Skip Reese.
So many students say “I hate math,” but once they get it they realize that they don’t hate it at all!
Q: What attracted you to working at Aloha High School?
A: The people! It’s great to see the students accept each other for who they are, even if they walk slowly in the hallways holding everyone up.
Q: What do you like most about coming to work every day?
A: For the most part, everyone enjoys being here! There is something to be said about working in a place with such a kind community, in spite of how much students overcome in your personal lives.
Q: Have you ever lived anywhere else besides Oregon?
A: I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. After that, I lived in San Antonio, Texas for 4 years. Atlanta was awesome! I’ve had so many interesting conversations with strangers in Atlanta. so many friendly people; plus, there’s just this unexplainable SWAGGER about Atlanta. San Antonio was cool too but good gracious does it gets hot. The food is amazing; my life improved so much after my first sip of Horchata.
Q: What is one word that best describes you?
A: Goofy! (I mean one of my favorite movies of all time is A Goofy Movie).
Q: Do you have any odd or awesome hobbies or talents you’d like to share?
A: Now that I live in Oregon, I feel like I should say camping is my hobby. I do Sudoku puzzles at home. I’m also getting back into chess, although I’m not a very good strategizer.
Q: Why did you want to work in education?
A: It’s hard finding a job that’s this fun! Plus, there’s something special about seeing a student’s face when they finally understand something.
Q: What’s the most fulfilling thing about your job?
A: Watching a student gain confidence in their math abilities! So many students say “I hate math,” but once they get it they realize that they don’t hate it at all!
Q: What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen?
A: Obama’s inauguration. The whole ceremony was something you knew was a historical moment but the poetry was amazing.
Obama’s inauguration. The whole ceremony was something you knew was a historical moment but the poetry was amazing.
Note: Answers have been edited for length and/or clarity.