Editor’s note: The Purcell Register continues a feature in which civic leaders and others will answer five questions. The following were answered by Chris Reynolds, Washington school superintendent.
Q: Why did you choose Washington?
A: Coming to Washington as superintendent was something I did not see coming. Four years ago, I had minimal understanding of where Washington was on a map, much less what the school system was like.
In the early spring of 2018, after deciding to apply for superintendent positions, I began searching for opportunities. Washington caught my attention immediately.
Its legacy of success both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities was very appealing. The culture of a caring community and the spirit of competitiveness I found in the district sealed the deal for me.
Q:You have been an administrator for several years. Do you ever miss the classroom?
A: Yes, I miss working hands-on with children in the classroom. I am, first and foremost, an educator.
I began my career as a special education teacher. Watching a student overcome adversity is a real thrill and something I attempt to hold onto by visiting classrooms and engaging with students regularly in my role as superintendent.
I believe that excellent teaching hinges on building solid relationships with children and investing time in their lives. I am thankful that at Washington, I have the opportunity to spend time with students daily.
Our district’s size and campus layout allow me to visit all grade levels. The highlight of any day for me is visiting buildings, classrooms and students.
Q: What drew you to a career in education?
A: I am the grandson of preachers on both sides of my family. Growing up in church, I was provided opportunities to supervise and teach children regularly.
Even as a child, I found myself many times taking on the role of teacher. Vacation Bible School and Sunday School are ideal settings to learn classroom management and pedagogy. From these experiences grew my love for the classroom.
Q: What are your interests away from school?
A: I enjoy the outdoors. I love to hunt and fish. If given the opportunity, you will find me in a pond or up a tree-stand.
Currently, I am working on improving my yelps and cackles. Spring Turkey season is just around the corner.
Q: Has Washington been what you expected?
A: My nearly three years at Washington has exceeded any expectation I had when I accepted the position as superintendent. I enjoy my job and love the community I call home.
My goal is to grow with Washington as it grows and to finish my career as a Warrior.