The Kennett Consolidated School District celebrates Kennett Middle School teacher Mr. Philip Reggio, who was named the Citadel Heart of Learning award recipient for the middle school level! Mr. Reggio is a sixth-grade social studies teacher, sixth-grade social studies enrichment teacher, the gifted resource teacher, and the middle school honors program coordinator. He has been working in the Kennett Consolidated School District for 18 years.
“I’m honored to be selected as this year’s middle school winner,” commented Mr. Reggio. “To be selected from such a talented, committed, and outstanding group of teachers literally left me speechless.”
Mr. Reggio said that in his past 20 years working with children, there have been several special people who helped him become the best educator he could be. “Their guidance and support has been an invaluable resource to me,” stated Mr. Reggio. “I truly appreciate and respect them tremendously not only as educators but also as people.”
Educators that have played a positive role in Mr. Reggio’s educational career include: Mrs. Donna Marino-Phillips (MDL teacher and mentor), Mrs. Susan Yocum (NG teacher and mentor), Dr. Christopher Hancock (KMS teacher and mentor), Mr. Andy Augustine (retired educator), Mr. Wrosch (English teacher, Clintondale High School), Mrs. Delores Montreuil (mentor), Dr. James Schmiechen (professor, Central Michigan University), Dr. Phillip Dillman (professor, Central Michigan University), Mrs. Sperrick (teacher, Little Mack Elementary School), Mrs. Pitt (teacher, Clintondale Middle School), and Mr. Gregory Koczak (mentor).
Mrs. Elizabeth Munson’s three sons each had Mr. Reggio as a teacher and her two older sons have maintained their relationships with him. “Mr. Reggio is a wonderful teacher who is great at figuring out middle school students,” Mrs. Munson commented. “He establishes a caring relationship with students and helps each to be the best student and person they can be.”
Mr. Reggio believes that it’s the “teachable” moments that present themselves unexpectedly that he enjoys most about teaching.
“Being recognized is great; however, it is not why anyone gets into teaching,” Mr. Reggio commented. “I’ve always believed great teachers inherit their characteristics through experience, guidance, and role models. That’s why I think it is important to recognize the people who are responsible for paying it forward.”
Now in its 13th year, the Citadel Heart of Learning Award recognizes and shows thanks to teachers, while raising awareness of the importance of their hard work and dedication.