Mr. Reece Named District Teacher of the Year

Mr. Reece Named District Teacher of the Year
Posted on 03/08/2021

From eight district-wide nominees, three teachers were selected to represent Bristol Tennessee City Schools in this year’s state Teacher of the Year award. The Teacher of the Year program recognizes and honors outstanding teachers in Tennessee. It is an opportunity to applaud teachers who devote their professional lives to enriching the lives of Tennessee students. Our very own, Mr. Rich Reece, was selected as the system finalist Teacher of the Year for grades 9-12.

Rich Reece is a science teacher here, a position he has held for 12 years. Mr. Reece grew up in Elizabethton and earned his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee and Master of Arts in Teaching from East Tennessee State University. Mr. Reece and his husband Matt are the proud parents of one dog.

Mr. Reece did not immediately set out to become a teacher. After college, he spent a few years working in two research labs—one in Knoxville and one in Memphis. While living in Memphis, he served as a volunteer tutor for a student at East Memphis High School. “It was this experience that taught me how one caring adult can change a child’s life,” Mr. Reece said. “After that I decided to leave the lab and become a teacher. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. My favorite thing about teaching is sharing my love of science with my students. One of the most rewarding things for me is geeking out with my students when we talk about a cool science topic such as entropy or gravity.

Congratulations on this well-deserved selection, Mr. Reece!

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