March Teacher Of The Month: Cathy Reints

Each month, Marshall ISD celebrates the outstanding contributions of our campus faculty to the overall educational experience of our students. These professionals work countless extra hours at home, on weekends, and over holiday breaks with one focus in mind -- to make MISD and their campus Marshall Proud and Maverick Strong for our students.

The Teacher of the Month for March 2018 at Marshall Junior High School, as selected by Principal, Mrs. Yolonda Martin, is Cathy Reints, Math teacher.

"Mrs. Reints always has a student-first attitude and is dedicated to MJHS," said Mrs. Martin in her nomination of Mrs. Reints. "She is the epitome of what it means to go above and beyond. Many times she offers to spend her time helping students from other classes and grades so they may be more successful. Her Algebra students always do well but she is currently spending PLC and Conference time tutoring other math students. Now, that is a team player! Cathy does whatever it takes and gets some very big hugs from our great kids for all her efforts!"

reintsTeacher: Cathy Reints

Hometown/High School:
"My hometown is Evansville, Indiana where I was a North Posey High School Viking until my junior year. I ended up graduating from Venice High School in Venice, Florida in 1989."

College/Degree Earned: "I graduated from Panola College in 2011 with my AA in Teaching and from East Texas Baptist University in 2013 with my BS in Secondary Math Education."

Grade Level/Subject(s) Taught: "I have taught at MJHS since graduating. I have taught 1/2 year of 7th grade Math, 1 year of 8th grade Math and Algebra 1 together and have been teaching solely Algebra 1 for the past 3 years."

Family: "My husband, of 23 years, Mike and I live in Jefferson, Texas where we have raised our three sons, Jacob, 22, Nicholas, 19 and Spencer 18."

Hobbies/Things I like to do in my spare time: "We love spending any spare time we can find with our two precious grandchildren, Amelia, 2 years and Hendrix, 2 weeks."

What made you want to enter a career as a teacher?: "I have known I wanted to be an Algebra 1 teacher since I was a student in Algebra 1 myself. I have always been drawn to numbers and good in Math but I was struggling that particular year. As I sat, bewildered, in Mrs. Kahle's Algebra 1 class I felt like I would NEVER understand it. However, she had a way of breaking things down and really teaching, instead of telling like so many teachers did, that made a light bulb come on....an AHA moment. I knew in that moment that was MY calling. It was my job to TEACH, make light bulbs turn on and provide AHA moment's for students who thought they would never get it. Life happened after graduating high school and I ended up having an entirely different career as a Senior Project Manager, Corporate Trainer and Employee Development and then Regional Vice President of Sales/Contracting in the construction industry before going back to college but I finally made it and I have never been happier! These Marshall students are my life and my joy!"

What  do you see as your most important role as a teacher?: "My most important role as a teacher is to maintain enough confidence, trust, love, knowledge, patience and accountability for myself AND every single one of my students so when they have grown enough during the 187 days that we are given together I can give them theirs to to carry forward on their own."

What do you enjoy the most about teaching and serving specifically at Marshall Junior High: "What I enjoy most about teaching at MJHS, besides our fabulous principal and staff, are the students. They truly inspire me each and every day and I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is home... this is where my heart is! Oh, and this new building is pretty amazing as well!"

What are some things you hope to accomplish in your career? Future plans?: "As I look towards my future here at MJHS/MISD, I would like to move up the C & I ladder. However, I never want to be so far removed from the classroom that I feel like I lose contact with the kids or lose empathy for teachers."
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