Meet the Teacher – April

Kara Reeder
Booth Middle School
7th Grade Science Teacher

Where were you raised (City, State)?
Rochester, NY

Where did you go to college?
I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in Elementary Education with a Biology minor.  My Master’s degree is in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

When did you start teaching in CCSD?
November of 2015

How long have been at ETBMS?
Just over a year.

What subjects have you taught in CCSD?
Science! I teach 7th Grade Science on Lookout Mountain.

Family (Spouse, kids, pets).
My husband – Joel
Two children – Carson (13) and Avery (9)

What’s the most innovative idea that you’ve tried in your classroom?
I really enjoy bringing real world experiences and area experts into my classroom.  For example, our unit on the human body incorporates biomedical engineering with the students’ research of the skeletal system.  They work collaboratively to design and build prosthetic limbs from recycled materials, and present their final projects to experts in the field of biomedical engineering.

Who is the best teacher you ever had and what made him or her special?
My 9th grade earth science teacher, Bill Kent, taught me that learning can be fun and meaningful.   He used hands-on activities to engage his students and applied the concepts to everyday life.

What can parents do to prepare their children for learning?
Teach them to be advocates for their own learning.  Provide your children with opportunities to demonstrate their own responsibility and independence.

What are the obstacles to getting all kids to achieve?
Our students are diverse in their academic abilities, their learning styles, background experiences, etc.  The challenge for teachers is to meet all of their individual needs in the classroom.  Creating an environment that supports each student and engages them in active learning is essential for lifelong learning.