Influencer of the Week: Reed Reynolds, The First Academy

Reynolds has passionately taken over the aquaponics program, growing interest and produce that faculty and families enjoy.

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Reed Reynolds jumped right in his first year at The First Academy — not only joining the lacrosse team, but also quickly became a beloved and valued team member. He has passionately taken over the aquaponics program, growing interest and produce that faculty and families enjoy. He teaches freshmen world geography. Reynolds also stepped right into the lacrosse program, supporting coach David Oliver. In that role, he has bonded with the players to strengthen the team — especially during a difficult year in which Oliver fought and survived cancer. 

What do you love most about your school? 

I love the very welcoming and friendly community, strong faith environment and the weekly chapels. TFA has been a great experience for my family and me — both spiritually and improving my work-life balance.


What’s your favorite part of your role? 

The favorite part of my role is helping students succeed through the teaching of valuable life lessons, discipline and positive thinking in the classroom and in sports. 


What motivates you and pushes you to do your best? 

Seeing the success of my students’ hard work in the classroom and on the field over the years. Teaching them and hearing about their success after high school. It’s very satisfying to see where students start the school year in August and their progress and improvement into May.


What’s the nicest thing a student or faculty member has done for you? 

I don’t think there is just one thing in particular, but personal recognition of positive influence from students or faculty is always appreciated. Anytime you hear a genuine “thank you” from a student or a colleague has something positive to say about something you did — it means a lot. 


If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go?

I took Latin in school, and I learned a lot about Rome and its history, so I’d like to visit Rome and different places in Italy for their food and culture.


What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to spend time with my wife and son, playing lacrosse, exercising in my garage gym and watching movies. I like most of Denzel Washington’s and Mark Wahlberg’s movies.


If you could meet anyone, from present day or throughout history, who would it be?

I would like to meet Paul the Apostle for his major contributions to the Bible.


Cats, dogs or other pets?

Definitely dogs. I have always had at least one dog my whole life, and I have one dog currently that is a 4-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. 


If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

I would have to go with teleportation, because it is the best superpower. Flying is cool, but teleportation is faster. Invisibility is cool, but teleportation can pretty much accomplish the same thing. Reading other people’s minds … it might sound like a cool idea, but teleportation is still better. We shouldn’t be worried about what everyone else really thinks all the time anyway.


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