Q&A with Reid Richards

Meet the new English teacher at Birnamwood Middle School


Editor’s note: The Enterprise and News recently chatted with Reid Richards, the new English teacher at Birnamwood Middle School.

Q: What is your work/education background?

A: This is my first year teaching. I graduated from UW-Eau Claire in December of 2017. Then I subbed in the Wausau School District. In the fourth quarter of the school year, I was a long-term substitute in a fourth-grade classroom. This was a neat experience for me because this was the elementary school that I attended. I am excited to be teaching in a middle school and work with a terrific team in Birnamwood.

Q: Where are you from and tell us a little bit about yourself?

A: I am from Wausau. I have two older sisters who are also teachers. One of my sisters lives in La Crosse and works with 3-year-olds, and my other sister lives in Minnesota and teaches kindergarten. My favorite sport is baseball, and the Milwaukee Brewers are my favorite team. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music and playing video games. My favorite kind of music is country, and I was able to see Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt this summer.

Q: What’s your basic philosophy for teaching?

A: My basic philosophy for teaching is to build relationships. It is important for me to learn about my students in order to create more engaging experiences for them.

Q: Is the student-to-teacher population one you’ve worked with in the past, or is it bigger or smaller?

A: The student-to-teacher population is similar to what I have had in the past. There have been about 23 students in my past experiences. I have two sixth-grade classes with about 25 students and one seventh-grade class with 17 students now.

Q: What brought you to the Wittenberg-Birnamwood School District?

A: I was looking for a school that was close to my hometown. When I met the staff and interviewed here, I liked the closeness and small community of Birnamwood. I was not very familiar with the area besides driving through Wittenberg once in a while.

Q: Where do you live and what do you like about the location?

A: I live in Wausau and enjoy how it isn’t too big or too small. There are a decent amount of places to eat and things to do. A number of my family members also live there.

Q: Who or what was the inspiration for becoming a teacher?

A: I had a really great third-grade teacher. He inspired me to become a teacher for a number of reasons. He built a good relationship with his students. He was funny and cared about all of his students. During my senior year of high school, he sent me some of the work that I did when I was in his third-grade class along with a letter that he wrote. He also attended my graduation and those of almost all of his previous students. This stuck with me and inspired me to be a positive role model in my students’ lives, too.