Outstanding Educator 2021, Kamiakin Middle School
Virginia Reinert, language arts/social studies, Quest teacher
Kamiakin Middle School
Tim Patterson, principal
Kamiakin Middle School’s Associate Principal Elise LaMont describes Virginia Reinert as a passionate, hardworking educator who puts students first. LaMont says, “She has led our school through substantial changes to our Positive Behavioral and Support system. She provided a focus on our KaMS way: Kind, Accepting, Makes Progress and Safe. She developed a variety of ways to center student voice and get their opinion on the culture they want to have at KaMS.
LaMont tells of Reinert consistently seeking feedback and looking for opportunities to serve students better and meet them where they are. She is known for taking intentional steps to get to know her students, their culture, and their communication style. Virginia is also an advisor and organizer of Kamiakin’s Pride Leaders who put on an amazing event to welcome and serve the needs of 6th grade students this year as they transitioned into in-person learning.