8/28/2012 2:08:00 PM Reiter to join Kingsland staff as science teacher
By Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy
Brad Reiter's career began rather relatively.
"I come from a big family and have a lot of cousins, so I was constantly teaching my younger and very curious cousins one thing or another. It is that early teaching experience that gave me my first satisfying taste of what it feels like to help out other people," said Kingsland's new life science, biology and principles of biomedical sciences teacher.
Reiter is in his first year of teaching. He graduated from Plainview High School in 2006, and from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in December 2011.
"Prior to coming to the Kingsland school district, I student taught for a semester at Rochester Century High School teaching biology and honors biology. I also substitute taught for a semester for the Wabasha and Plainview-Elgin-Millville school districts."
He explained how his interest in teaching gained ground. "I grew up on a farm and have been an avid hunter all my life. Since I was constantly surrounded by nature, I grew to appreciate and love how the natural world works. When I graduated from high school and was looking to get a job, it was evident that teaching science would allow me to continue to work in a field that I love while making the biggest difference possible."
Reiter chose to come to Kingsland because he appreciates small towns. "I grew up in Plainview and really enjoy the small-town feel that rural farming communities provide. When I was given the opportunity to teach at Kingsland, I immediately jumped at the chance to teach in the same environment that I am familiar with and love."
He continued, "I anticipate and look forward to a warm welcome and joining the tight-knit family that is the Kingsland staff. I have had an opportunity to visit the school quite a few times this summer and have been met with friendly smiles and conversation at every turn."
Although he is excited to have his own classroom for the first time, Reiter acknowledged that his first year in the classroom won't be without some challenges.
"The fact that I am a first year teacher means that there is still a lot that I don't know. I will be learning along with my students and look forward to seeing what areas I excel at and where a little more work might be needed. I have never shied away from a challenge and look forward to tackling the areas that might need improvement."
He added, "Although I am extremely excited to teach science at Kingsland, I have no misperceptions about the challenges that lie ahead. What I am anticipating most is getting the students' input and suggestions on how they learn best. I believe that knowledge is best obtained through experience, so I want to create an atmosphere where my students are surrounded by science and can experience the amazing world that often goes unnoticed."
Reiter noted that growing up and obtaining knowledge is a lifelong process. "My goal is to teach my students how to effectively learn and open their minds so they have the best chance to reach their full potential. I would like to start a science club and have some of my students take projects to the regional science fair. I also have my coaching certificate and would like to eventually coach in the district.
"I anticipate having a lot of fun getting a chance to get to know the young people of Spring Valley and Wykoff."
Reiter and his family will soon be residents of the Kingsland school district. "I currently live in Plainview, Minn., but will be moving to Spring Valley in the end of September with my wife, Andrea and 5-year-old son, Caden. My wife works in Rochester as a dental assistant, and my 5-year-old will be starting kindergarten this year. We are all very excited to join the Spring Valley community and become Kingsland Knights."
He spends his spare time outdoors, pursuing fresh air. "I love the outdoors, animals, hunting and sports. It isn't uncommon to find me in the woods hunting various types of game, helping out on the family farm, or fishing.
"When I'm not doing one of the previously mentioned activities, I can be found playing ball with my son or on the field if it's during the summer. I am an adventurous and active person, so I am open to anything that gets me outside and moving."