Archive for Thursday, September 15, 2005

District impresses third-year teacher

September 15, 2005

Jacob Reeser heard many high compliments about the Lansing School District before working here, and now, as a new sixth-grade language arts and literature teacher, he says they are all true.

Reeser taught fifth grade at Muncie Elementary School in Leavenworth for two years before he was subject to a "reduction in forces" - in other words, he was laid off. He said a friend told him about Lansing and helped him to apply.

Before he got the job in Lansing, Reeser said he heard how teachers in the district strove to help students achieve, how the community was involved in the schools and how the students were motivated to learn.

Now, Reeser says he completely agrees. Reeser said parents are active in their children's learning, and he said he was satisfied with the administration, staff and school board.

"I'm very happy with it all," he said.

Originally from Fremont, Neb., Reeser attended Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo. He said he was attracted to the school's strong education program and the fact that each residence hall room had a computer.

After student teaching third- and fifth-graders in Saint Joseph, Mo., Reeser said he decided to stay in the area.

Teaching sixth-graders isn't so different from fifth-graders, Reeser said, except the students are becoming more social. He said sixth-graders "still care a lot about school."

"This is just a really fun, exciting, challenging age," he said. "I love it."

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