Ms. Reyes Reconnects as Hillcrest LOTE Teacher
By Amatullah Wright, senior writer
Ms. Llorente Reyes is the new Global History teacher assigned to the Global Citizens SLC at Hillcrest High School.
Teaching since January 2012, Ms. Reyes has worked at John Adams High School and Bushwick High School. Because Bushwick had around three hundred and fifty students in total, Ms Reyes was taken aback by the population of Hillcrest. Ms. Reyes expressed, “Hillcrest is the very big compared to others schools I’ve been working.”
Ms. Reyes attended a secondary school called Queens Gateway To Health Sciences Secondary School that existed right across the street from Hillcrest which has since replaced by a different school named Young Women's Leadership School of Queens. Hillcrest is now the perfect platform for Ms. Reyes to further her teaching career in a familiar and adaptable neighborhood.
As a teenager, she found joy in helping people, so Ms. Reyes dreamt of becoming a doctor. “But during college, I couldn’t pass organic chemistry so I decided against that career path,” she said.
Ultimately, she discovered that her passion was for teaching and helping young people advance their education. She attended Stony Brook University for 5 years as a business major where she gained a Bachelor's degree before going to Queens College for a Masters in Education.
Upon her arrival at Hillcrest, Ms. Reyes experienced a cordial and comfortable welcome as she recognized her old Spanish teacher Mr. Cerone at Hillcrest.
As a New York City teacher, one of Ms. Reyes goals is for her all her students to pass the Regents Exam and for them to become “effective members of society”. She motivates her students with her own life experiences to show that she cares and is well aware of their situations because she actually experienced it.
Open-mindedness, passion and excitement were all notable characteristic of the Hillcrest newbie, Ms. Reyes. Nevertheless, she shares a hobby common among many teenagers -- she loves to “binge-watch Netflix over the summer.”
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