DEPUE — DePue’s new principal may seem a little familiar to some, as this is Cuauhtemoc Reyes’ second time working in the district.
During the 2006-07 school year, Reyes worked as a high school Spanish and ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. He is back in DePue to fill the role as principal and is looking forward to having another great experience in the district.
Reyes comes from Rockford Public Schools, where he worked as the Freshman Academy Principal at Rockford East High School. There he oversaw all incoming freshmen and worked solely with curriculum for the students transitioning from eighth grade to freshman year. At DePue, he will cover the entire spectrum — from prekindergarten to 12th grade.
“I had a great experience my first year at DePue,” he said. “Just working with the staff, the way they would have cookouts and the gift exchanges at Christmas. It was a very positive experience.”
Reyes holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Spanish and a second master’s degree in leadership, which gave him his Type 75 certification to become an administrator.
As a true believer in the life-long learner philosophy, he continues his education by working on his education doctorate degree.
As his first order of business in DePue, Reyes will be getting to know the people — students, teachers and parents.
He also plans to continue building on the solid foundation already set in place in the district.
“I believe they are going in a great direction, and I just want to enhance it,” he said. “One of the biggest things I want is parent community involvement. I want to keep going forward and getting more parents involved.”
As far as changes, there are none on the list Reyes is looking to make right away. He explained if a program is working well within the school, he sees no reason to come in and makes changes.
“Every school district runs a little differently, so I want to see what works well, and then if it’s working we’ll just continue with it. If there’s areas where I feel like we can improve in, then we’ll make some changes,” he said.
On a last note, Reyes encourages any parents or community members who might have concerns or questions to stop by and talk with him, as his door is open to anyone.
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