Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Reilly
We recently had the opportunity to speak to PALCS Special Education teacher, Ms. Christine Reilly, who has been working at PALCS since 2017. Before working as a Special Education teacher, Ms. Reilly was our 10th grade Academic Advisor.
Our Academic Advisors are responsible for providing educational guidance and assistance for students by planning schedules, recommending courses and determining appropriate education solutions for different types of students.
Ms. Reilly was born and raised in Philadelphia, but now resides in Delaware county. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Nutrition at West Chester University, as well as her Master of Art in Education: Instructional Leadership at Neumann University. Ms. Reilly also has a PA Elementary Teaching Certificate K-6, and a PA Special Education Teaching Certificate, N-12.
Ms. Reilly has been interested in working in education since she was 5 years old. “My favorite thing [about working for PALCS] is having the one on one chat time with my students.” She adds, “I love supporting them academically as well as learning about them on a personal level.”
Before working at PALCS, Ms. Reilly was a flight attendant for American Airlines (US Airways). “I worked all different shifts and flew to several different places both domestic and international.” After spending four years as a flight attendant, traveling all over the world, Ms. Reilley claims that she is “very happy now to be on land and back working in the education field, [and] I am very grateful to be employed at PA Leadership Charter School.”
Some of Ms. Reilly’s hobbies include doing Spartan races and cross training. “I am an active person outside of work as I am usually doing strength and conditioning training or (Obstacle Course Training) OCR training,” says Christine. OCR races can be anywhere from 3 to 13 miles with about 20 to 30 obstacles.
Ms. Reilly finished her first Spartan in July 2017, and she already has 8 Spartan medals, and one double trifecta medal. “I love Spartan races because they helped strengthen me both physically and mentally, and I am very thankful for that. Spartan races are not only physically demanding, but there’s also a huge mental component as well. It was the mental part that won my heart when it comes to racing.”
We would like to thank Ms. Reilly for taking the time to speak with us and sharing her story! Ms. Reilly has been truly a wonderful asset to the PALCS community. We are so proud and honored to have her on our team!