Lead Teacher: The Raven Class
Brian Reid brings 30 years of teaching experience to our new Raven classroom, with 6- and 7-year-olds ready to take an important leap academically and socially. Brian loves teaching outdoors and involving carpentry and other practical skills as a means of educating. As one of the four teachers joining MWS from Poughkeepsie Day, Brian said he’s looking forward to intersection of the familiar and the new at MWS.
I am super excited to join this wonderful community at Middle Way! I bring experience in progressive education, having taught kindergarten through 3rd grade at Poughkeepsie Day School for three decades. I have also directed Dutchess Arts Camp summer camps in Red Hook for ten years, working with dedicated artists both old and young. The philosophy of that camp – “building self-esteem through the arts” is something that reflects in my teaching. The values, philosophy and warmth of Middle Way feel very familiar and I feel fortunate for the opportunity.
I value looking at the whole child and seek to guide each student to feel successful as a learner and to help them pursue her/his passions. I love opportunities to get my students out of the classroom to learn in the surrounding environment. Hiking with students along the Shawangunk Ridge, seining for fish in the Hudson River or identifying trees on a forest walk are ways I have connected children to the nature in their backyard. The woods around the campus are perfect to continue the connection. I look forward to bringing my passion for science, the environment and hands-on explorations to Middle Way students.