Degrees and Certifications:
General Business Administration Math Secondary Education
Mr. Tommy Reed
Let me help you get to know me better. I am a third generation educator. My father's mother and both of my parents have been educators while my mother's mother worked in a school cafeteria. On my mother's side of the family when we have our family reunion out of the 100 or so family members there about 75% of us are educators or are retired educators. We have all positions covered ranging from teacher aides to superintendents. So I have heard or seen about every aspect of education there is over the years.
While in college at Sam Houston State University I taught health at a private school in Conroe and taught CPR to Prison Guards. I substitute taught from 1986-1991 and began teaching full-time in October of 1991. After that first year of teaching Option III for Conroe I.S.D. I began to teach for Hempstead I.S.D. While at Hempstead High School I taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 1 (the two year course), Informal Geometry, TAAS Math and Yearbook. In 1998 I began teaching for Willis I.S.D. While I have been at Willis High School I have taught Algebra 1, Speech, Keyboarding, Geometry, Algebra 2, Math Models, and AQR. During the 2010-11 school year I taught BCIS (Business Computer Information Systems). In the 2011-12 school year the course was changed to BIM (Business Information Management). During the 2016-17 school year I began teaching Advanced Quantitative Reasoning (AQR) full-time.
From 2002-2005 & 2006-2009 I was the Math Department Chair at WHS. I was the National Honor Society Sponsor at WHS from 2001-2019 and I was the President of the Willis ISD chapter of The Association of Texas Educators from 1999 to 2010.
I married my 5th grade sweetheart in 1986. Having not seen each other since we both graduated from Conroe High in 1981 we got back together after she returned home from graduating with her Liberal Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin.
I am located in A308. My phone extension is 2379. My conference time is 4th period 10:32-11:20.
AQR stands for Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, which makes it sound rather difficult. Since we apply what we have learned in the past in math classes to real world situations, which means we have to think, I have gently changed the name to Applied Quantitative Thinking. Very seldom will we be doing the exact same type of problems over and over daily. Most days we will be using all math skills we have ever learned.
The number one reason students don't do well in this class is because they don't have their times tables memorized and because they haven't had much experience thinking in the math world.
The students that show up daily, participate, have their times table memorized, do tier own work and follow directions well will be successful in AQR.