A personal approach

Educator to help students take flight at Pilot Elementary
Jul. 16, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

Steve Reynolds likes being sent to the principal's office—literally. In fact, when this 25-year veteran educator turned school administrator finally finishes unpacking all of his boxes, the principal’s office at Pilot Elementary School will finally feel like home.

“It’s a very exciting time for me,” said Reynolds flashing a big smile. “I feel like one of the students on their first day of class. Everything and everyone is new but you just have to take it all in and learn as you go.”

Having spent the past six years as principal at Davis-Townsend Elementary School in Lexington, Reynolds is no stranger to the job and is eager to work with what he considers an exceptional group of teachers and staff.

According to Reynolds, the Davidson County School System and its educators are known for their energy, passion and unshakable commitment to both students and parents.

“I think back to my own experiences as a student growing up and there were times I felt like I couldn’t do anything right or that I even mattered,” he said. “Those memories made a lasting impression on me. Today, I believe very strongly that we as leaders and teachers are personally responsible for letting every child know how important and appreciated he or she is on a daily basis.”

And as father of two boys, Reynolds doesn’t hesitate to admit that like any parent, he worries about each student as if they were his own.

“Student safety is constantly top of mind for me,” he explained. “No matter if a child is riding the bus, walking the halls or running on the playground, it’s my job to ensure our school offers them a safe and comforting environment where they can feel loved, learn and grow. If we can provide that, the rest will take care of itself.”

By the time students in Davidson County head back to class on August 25, Reynolds and his staff will be more than ready for the onslaught of  450-plus children, including the littlest of learners—kindergartners. And for Reynolds, there is no greater joy than watching children’s faces light up when they see their teachers and colorful classrooms for the first time.

“We have to make a wonderful, happy first impression on all our students, especially our kindergartners. It’s crazy how every year the kids stay the same age, but we keep getting older,“ Reynolds said laughing.  “I try to remember how big and new the world seemed to me when I was that age. Heck, it seems that way to me now. I guess that’s what keeps things fresh and fun.”