Mr. Reuter embodies everything a Madison Knight should be…
He is extremely dedicated to both the JMAC students and staff and shows excellence in teaching and in life. As a first year teacher, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He teaches students how to not only be intellectual, but also how to have a good, strong character. He offers after school tutoring for all students that need to catch up or want extra help. During and before first semester finals, he donated his time and energy to tutor any student that needed extra help studying for their first final, completing their class work, or finishing assessments from the term. Beyond the students, the staff see him as someone they can rely on. He is always willing to step up and cover classes and after school activities. He has also show a dedication to the school community. One teacher pointed out that Mr. Reuter chose to work at Madison, in fact actively searched for an urban school environment, rather than a suburban school climate. He has participated in every Friday’s school spirit dress day, as well as the school spirit dress up day. Additionally, he joined the Community Partnership Committee and has been an active member.
He excels at collaborating and working with others, including his co-teachers, parents, and other teachers in his department, to plan lessons, effectively teach difficult student behaviors, and create community.
He motivates students and staff with his positive attitude. He is consistently pushing students in his ninth grade English classroom to be their best and achieve more than they ever imagined. He brings current events, history, infuses the students’ culture into all curriculum and pedagogy, and other important information into his lessons. During, before, and after Black History Month, Mr. Reuter planned all of his lessons around the rich and diverse history of African Americans, blending it seamlessly into the required curriculum. In his daily classes, as a motivator, he allows the entire class to listen to mood music softly, as long as they are working. He consistently acknowledges positive student behavior, through verbal and physical means. Even when students are not meeting expectations, he works to motivate them by helping to problem solve, giving multiple chances, and meeting them where they are academically and socially, even if this creates a great deal more work for him.
He is fun and interesting. He raises his own meat. He listens to old school hip hop groups such as NWA. He is a first year teacher who is not just surviving, he is thriving.
Mr. Reuter truly is a Madison Knight. Congratulations, Mr. Reuter, you truly deserve this honor and parking spot.
– In the words of Ms. Joan Steinhorst, Special Education Teacher
Ms. Rachel Storey, Special Education Teacher
and Ms. Aisha Carr, Special Education Teacher
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