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Watts Happenings: Meet Mr. Reynolds!

December 8, 2008

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The Fall 2008 newsletter Watts Happenings was sent home in student folders right before Thanksgiving.

Meet Mr. Reynolds!

by Scottee Cantrell

Mr. Reynolds, Assistant Principal at George Watts

Sheldon Reynolds already was on track to be an assistant principal in his native Colorado, when his wife was presented with a lifetime opportunity they couldn’t refuse and that would bring them to North Carolina.

Duke University Medical School accepted her in the Physician’s Assistant program. So they packed their bags and headed east where Sheldon would resume his search for his own life-changing experience.

“I had great success in the classroom and felt like I was ready for the challenge of moving an entire school, not just my own individual classroom, in a positive direction,” he says.

Sheldon is from Denver, where he went to the Denver Public Schools. He later did his undergraduate work at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas before returning to Denver to work six years in his old school system and to attend graduate school at Regis University.

The prospect of coming to Durham offered him a chance to explore a new part of the country and to see how he would fit in another school system.

Montessori training was not one of the things that is listed on his resume, but he’s been very impressed with the program at George Watts Montessori Magnet.

“I love my job, the relationships and experiences I’m building so far have been priceless to say the least,” he says. “I couldn’t have asked to work in a better school.”

Sheldon says his favorite part of his job is the challenge each day presents. “I love the fact that no two days are alike: you never really know what might happen throughout the course of a school day. I also like the interaction I get with staff, students and parents.”

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Sheldon Reynolds ya iba a llegar a ser un subdirector en Colorado, cuando su esposa fue consiguió una oportunidad de vida que ellos no podrían negarse y que los traería a Carolina del Norte.

La Facultad de Medicina de Duke la aceptó en el programa Ayudante de Médico. Así que ellos hicieron las maletas y vinieron al este donde Sheldon comenzó a buscar su propia experiencia.

“Tuve gran éxito en el aula y sentía como estuvo listo para el desafío de mover una escuela entera, no justo mi propia aula individual, en una dirección positiva,” él dice.

Sheldon es de Denver, donde fue las Escuelas Públicas de Denver. Se graduó de la Universidad de Nevada en Las Vegas y entonces volvió a Denver para trabajar seis años en su sistema escolar primero y para asistir a los cursos de posgraduado en la Universidad de Regis.

La idea de venir a Durham le ofreció una oportunidad de explorar una nueva parte del país y de ver cómo él quedaría en otro sistema escolar.

La instrucción de Montessori no fue parte de su experiencia previa, pero a él le gusta mucho el programa en George Watts Montessori.

“Adoro mi trabajo. Las relaciones y experiencias que construyo ha sido inapreciable,” él dice. “Yo no podría haber pedido trabajar en una mejor escuela”.

Sheldon dice que el parte favorita de su trabajo es el desafío que presente cada día. “Adoro que cada día es diferente del otro: nunca se sabe realmente lo que quizás suceda a través del curso de un día lectivo. También quiero la interacción con el personal, los estudiantes y los padres.”

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