The Majestic Mama Reece

Libby Thoma

This week we are getting to know Mrs. Reece. She co-teaches the senior class APELS (American Political-Economic & Literary Studies. Her part is primarily U.S. government and economics. She also teaches first period journalism, which includes the yearbook.

First, I asked her five questions about her career and five about her personal life.

How long have you been at nex+Gen?

I have been here since the beginning 2010; I’m a founding teacher.

What’s your favorite part of Nex Gen?

I’d sound salty if I say summer; just kidding retirement; just kidding. It’s PBL and the fact that students have agency in their own learning

Why did you choose to teach seniors?

I didn’t; I was happy teaching juniors, but a teacher left suddenly and I was the only one who had dual certification to teach the senior classes (this was before we had two teachers in the APELS class). It was easier to just put me in at the senior level. This is when we moved Baby Reece from Special Ed to regular ed.

Why’d you chose to teach APELS?

I didn’t. I was the U.S. history teacher and that’s what I have a master’s degree in, but they needed someone, so I stepped up.

Why did you choose to come to nex+Gen?

I was at Del Norte and that’s where this started. I was on a committee for a new school start, so I heard a lot about it. It really fit my teaching philosophy. 

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I had an adorable dog named SodaPop, who recently crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I will be getting a new dog in July. 

Ms. Reece's dog

The late, great SodaPop Curtis Reece

How many children do you have?

Three;  all girls. There’s Baby Reece, who’s actually the oldest of the three and works with me. The middle child, Bri,  is getting married over the summer. Then the littlest Reece, who graduated from nex+Gen in the very first graduating class, 2013.

What’s your favorite music genre?

Classic jazz, older stuff

What’s your fave movie?

Right now it is also my favorite book, The Guernsey The Literary, and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

What’s your favorite color?

I wear black all the time, because it mirrors my soul. I’m into pink and purple sparkles but don’t wear it.

What is a hobby of yours?

Writing. I actually have published 9 books. I’m also recently getting heavily into photography.