Teacher in Focus: Heather Reaves
by Celia Shortt
Heather Reaves teaches fifth grade at Jefferson Parkway Elementary School. She has been teaching for 13 years.
Why did you become a teacher?
I was actually a business major for the first three years of college. I coordinated the summer reading program at the public library the summer before my last year. I realized that is what I wanted to do, so I changed my major to elementary education.
What is your favorite part?
Getting to know the kids and building relationships with them and their parents.
If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing?
What do you do for fun?
Anything outdoors - hiking, traveling, charity runs.
What is your favorite movie(s)?
Historical fiction - Pearl Harbor, Titanic
What is the one thing you want your students to learn?
We focus on a lot of team building - working together and accepting who you are. I also spend time teaching them strategies to learn anything independently.