Reks is in her 22nd year of teaching. She has spent the past 18 years in Noblesville and four in Zanesville, Ohio. Reks said a highlight for her as a teacher was the opportunity to travel to Kenya last fall break and help conduct teacher training with approximately 25 village teachers, three hours outside of Nairobi. She also had a chance to teach their fourth-grade class the lattice multiplication method.
Grade/school: Fourth-grade teacher at White River Elementary.
Why did you become a teacher? I became a teacher because of children and a love for helping them to learn. Seeing students grow into their potential is very exciting.
What are your goals for students? My goal as a teacher has always been to create a classroom where students want to come to each day. I believe that can be accomplished when students know they are safe and have fun. I want to build confidence in each student, so they believe they are smart and can accomplish great things in their life.
What advice would you give for parents? My advice to parents is to be confident that teachers really do want to help your child. Work together as a team to make school a positive experience. If school is important to the parents it will be important to their children.
What is something others might not know about you? Right now, I’m working hard to help raise money for the school in Kenya that I visited in October 2013, to help them build additional classrooms. Right now, they have anywhere from 56 to 130 students in their classrooms (grades 1-8). The value of education is so important to the families in that village, and to help the students and teachers, with additional classrooms would help in this education process and their dreams. The estimated cost to build a classroom there is $7,000. If anyone would be interested in helping me help these beautiful children, please visit http://give.cmfi.org/one-classroom-at-a-time-5.cause.