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#FacesOfSD: Meet Kate Reeser, Director of Upper School and Assistant Head for Academics, K-12

Kate Reeser

 

Kate has been an educator for over 20 years as both a teacher and administrator. She received her own high school education at Pomfret School, another noted independent boarding school. Kate has held positions in both private and public middle and high schools, including Jackson Hole Middle School, Jackson Hole High School, Essex High School in Vermont, as well as a variety of key positions right here at San Domenico. Since joining the SD community in 2004, Kate has served in several different roles, including Upper School English Teacher, Upper School Academic Dean, Upper School English Department Chair, K-12 Literacy Coordinator, 6-12 Humanities Department Chair, and Director of the Lower School. Currently, Kate serves as the Director of Upper School, in addition to her All School role as Director of Teaching and Learning. Both positions enable Kate to mentor, support, and facilitate best practice teaching, professional development, and K-12 engagement. Kate has served on many committees and working groups, both at SD and within the larger educational community. Most recently, she served on the San Domenico Strategic Planning Committee for SD2021. She is actively engaged in the national Mastery Transcript Consortium, which is committed to redefining the global metrics of achievement and student mastery in our rapidly evolving educational landscape. Kate is also a proud parent of two children, both of whom attend San Domenico!

"My favorite part of being a member of the San Domenico community is having the opportunity to impact young minds and lives, both inside and outside of the classroom, as we develop the thinkers and leaders of tomorrow."

Hometown

Richmond, Virginia

Why did you choose to work at SD?

I started working at SD in 2005 as an English teacher, and the rest is history. I love to learn, create, and stretch my mind. San Domenico has been a rewarding place to do that. I learn from the students and my colleagues everyday. The sense of community and commitment to San Domenico’s  four core pillars (Study, Reflection, Service, and Community) is extraordinary. San Domenico is committed to continued excellence, and that is an inspiration for me.

What is your favorite annual event at SD?

Upper School Crabfeed

What is your mantra?

Another day, another opportunity

What makes a “good day” at school?

When I remember that the Snack Shack is open for business, and I make it in time to buy Cheese-Its!

What is a favorite place in the world?

Africa

When do you feel joyful?

When I am traveling, reading, getting a massage, and spending time with my family.

What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?

Favorite Books: The Count of Monte Cristo and Les Miserables
Favorite Movies: The English Patient and Out of Africa

What academic accomplishments have filled you with pride?

Lots! I think I take the most pride in my classroom teaching. I love making a difference in people's lives. I am not currently teaching a class, but I am able to go into classrooms often, and I love working with teachers!

What personal accomplishments have filled you with pride?

I plan to climb the Grand Teton this summer to commemorate my 50th birthday. Hopefully I can say in August that this personal accomplishment filled me with pride. I am also VERY proud of my kids and home.