Ms. Karina Reyes is one of the six new teachers who has joined Oyster Bay High School’s faculty this year; she teaches Algebra I in room 312.
Before accepting a position at Oyster Bay, Ms. Reyes taught for the DOE (New York City Department of Education), at schools in Queens and Manhattan. She attended college at SUNY Oneonta, upstate, where she earned a degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor’s in Special-Education Teaching.
Ms. Reyes has been teaching for over five years, and she has spent one of those years interning at different schools. Ms. Reyes has previously interned at our high school, and commented, “I liked how everyone was nice and supportive, and the overall atmosphere of the school. So, I wanted to work [at this school].”
While teaching at Oyster Bay, Ms. Reyes expects her students to be respectful and kind to each other. “I would say the same for myself, too,” she adds, “to be respectful, and to grow as a person.”
As for her teaching style, Ms. Reyes tries to be engaging while she teaches her students. This includes asking them high-level questions, preparing them for life in school, and introducing them to new technology and concepts. She finds herself switching between personalities, and considers herself to be both serious and casual as a teacher. She explains, “With some students I need to be serious, with others relaxed, etc. It also kinda depends on what it is that I’m teaching, and the time of day.”
When Ms. Reyes is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and eating. As for her hobbies, she loves to travel around the world. She has visited various countries, including Greece, Spain, Italy, and Thailand. “I’ve been pretty much everywhere,” Reyes states. Ms. Reyes is fluent in both English and Spanish.
The Harbour Voice wishes Ms. Reyes success as she continues her first year at Oyster Bay High School!