Some people decide that once they get a chance to leave their hometown, they’ll never come back. But for Naeemah Reese, who will be teaching first grade this year at Washington Avenue Elementary School, she knew she had to return to her hometown to start her career.
She attended pre-kindergarten at Child Garden School, then she went to Valley View Elementary School from kindergarten to fifth grade. After fifth grade, Reese attended Sierra Middle School, where she was a cheerleader, a member of the volleyball team, a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a participant in the GEAR UP program.
Reese went to Roswell High School from ninth grade until she graduated with honors in May 2012. During her time at Roswell High, she was on the varsity cheerleading team for four years. As a Coyote cheerleader, Reese was a state champion three times, as the team won state in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
She was also a member of the school’s student council, a member of the National Honor Society and a participant in the Freshman Mentor Program.
After graduating from Roswell High, she completed one year of school at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. She then transferred to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
She graduated with a Bachelors of Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement in May of this year, which Reese described as an “amazing feeling,” since graduating from college was one of her goals in life.
Reese has gained an essential amount of teaching experience over the last four years.
“I have completed approximately 80 hours of Practicum, I was a substitute teacher for the Portales Municipal Schools and for the Roswell Independent School District,” Reese said. “I also completed 16 weeks of student teaching, and taught kindergarten for the K-3 Plus Program.”
After years of being a cheerleader in Roswell, Reese decided she wanted to take part in the coaching role of the sport.
Last year, Reese was the head coach for the varsity cheer squad for Roswell High. She also coached the junior varsity cheerleading team at Portales High School.
Reese said she decided not to coach cheerleading while she’s jumpstarting her teaching career. However, she does plan to coach in the future.
She has had incredible support from both teachers and family members during her journey of becoming a teacher.
“Not only did my teachers stand behind me and encourage me to be a teacher,” Reese said, “but my family has also encouraged me to be a teacher and has been my biggest motivators since day one.”