Reed Point Schools welcomes 2 new teachers

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Reed Point Schools have seen numerous staff members come and go throughout the years. This school year alone it is welcoming two new teachers — a high school and middle school science/math teacher, Ben French, as well as a teachers aide for elementary and high school students, Alyssia Kolles.

Hoping to move closer to home, originally being from Pompeys Pillar, French moved to Reed Point with his wife. Ben has been teaching for four years prior to his move to Reed Point including time teaching at South Hardin Middle School in Hubbard, Iowa, as well as Shoshone High School in Shoshone, Idaho. This being his fifth year as a teacher, French has taken on many roles at Reed Point as not only the high school and middle school science and math teacher, but also as the Reed Point/Rapelje varsity football, varsity boys basketball, and varsity track coach.

His hopes as a teacher are to help every student “Be the best version of themselves they can be.” As the varsity football coach, athletes are happy to have him as their coach and athletes have noted the “new levels of energy and focus” he has brought into their athletics. Students are grateful to have him as a coach and teacher and look forward to the rest of the school year with him.

Initially coming from Saint Charles, Michigan, Kolles has joined the Reed Point Schools staff as a teachers aide for high school and elementary and as an assistant volleyball coach at the high school level. Kolles has previously worked as an assistant with toddlers at St. Lorenz in Frankenmuth, Michigan, Lead Toddler Teacher at Noah’s Ark in Owasso, Michigan, 4-5 year old preschool teacher at Kid’s Club in Columbus, a summer school teacher at Lil’ Cougar Cubs Childcare Center also in Columbus, and she is currently pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education through Montana State Western as she works in Reed Point.

“I was approached by my landlord, Jodi, several times to just apply (to Reed Point Schools) and I did back in July. I wanted to take a break from the private and home early education side to the public school side,” says Kolles. Kolles loves teaching children and enjoys watching them “go from not knowing anything about the specific topic at hand” to watching “the learning process take off.” Elementary and high school students alike are hoping she will continue her teaching journey in Reed Point for years to come.

Reed Point Schools staff and students are grateful to have such amazing teachers join the Renegade crew.