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My name is Luke Reynolds, and I love writing and teaching. For many years, I taught middle and high school English in public schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Now, I teach people who are working to become teachers, at Endicott College.
What else have I done with my life so far? I have been a stay-at-home dad for three years when my wife, Jennifer, and I lived in York, England. I also worked for a while as a 32-year-old paperboy, reprising a job I first got when I was eleven years old and growing up in Windsor, CT.
I grew up in a family of five boys—and I was smack dab in the middle. (Maybe that’s why I love writing middle-grade books, teaching middle-school, or always choosing the urinal that is the middle-most option when I go to a public bathroom?)
As a middle school teacher, my three rules for the classroom were: BE KIND, BE BOLD, BE HONEST. My favorite and life-defining quote has been: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is engaged in a battle.” (Philo)
My wife, Jen, and I have three boys: Tyler (age 9), Benjamin (age 4), and Joshua (age 7 months). We have a dog named Harper, whom we got from a shelter, and we love family dance parties in the living room and kitchen, hiking anywhere and everywhere, and pizza party and ice cream movie nights every Friday.
In teaching and in writing, I believe that we learn by trying and exploring. We teach and write IN ORDER TO figure things out, not because we’ve already figured things out. Making mistakes is normal, growing from them and trying again? Divine. (And what life is all about.)
Writer and researcher bell hooks (aka Gloria Watkins), in her book Wounds of Passion, wrote that, “Growing up, poetry had been the sanctuary, that space in words where longing could be spoken. Nobody in her world understood. Poems came in another language. Nobody could find or hurt you there.” I love that: writing as a place to explore who you are, what you might be, and find both safety and possibility.
Feel free to reach out if you’ve got any further questions, or check out any of the videos here for more information (or if you wonder what it would be like to be one of my students!)
Until our paths cross again, may your journey be lit with enough support to help you keep moving forward with hope. You are not alone.