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    The Wild and Wonderful World of German with
    Herr Reierstad
     
      
     
     e-mail contact:   mrreierstad@wsfcs.k12.nc.us 
     
    Hello! My name is Mark Reierstad, and I teach German. This year, I teach German 1 & 2 at both West Forsyth and at Mt. Tabor. Since I teach more classes at West, it is considered my "home" school. Of course, I like them both! I am beginning my 14th year of teaching.
     
    A bit about me. I was born 1 month, 8 days after the first moon landing. Richard Nixon was president. I share a birthday (Aug. 28th) with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German Shakespeare (although that's the only thing we have in common...:) I studied German at Central Michigan University, where I received my B.A. in the language. I then received my Masters in German at the University of Michigan. I also studied abroad for 1 year (on scholarship!) at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. Erlangen is a few miles northwest of Nuremberg. I've had the good fortune to teach in several different kinds of schools: a blue-ribbon high school in an affluent suburb, in a K-8 school in one of America's most impoverished areas, a rural school, at Paisley, and now at Mt. Tabor and West. I think Maya Angelou said something about not taking nothing for her journey now. Couldn't have put it better myself.
     
    How do I like to teach? First, let me say that I love to read, write, draw, and paint. I have also lived in several different parts of the world. I try to bring my interests and experiences into the classroom whenever possible. I try  to be the kind of teacher I would have liked to have in school; interesting, engaging, yet imparting knowledge. I get bored easily, so I can appreciate how the kids feel. I don't want to teach in a way that would put ME to sleep. I also love to take the students to events like the German Immersion Weekend and German Day. There's something about hearing the kids say things you taught them. It's also nice to see them win awards and feel I had at least a small hand in that....I also try to use as many different methods as I can; I like Multiple Intelligences, Bloom's Taxonomy, and I make things very visual. I also love the SMART board. I know my way around technology, at least for now....
     
    I currently reside in Winston-Salem with my wife Jenny, who deserves some high award for putting up with me, and with my boys, Matthew (15), and Nathan (13). They've been amazing me since birth. As I mentioned earlier, I like to read, write, draw, and paint. Oh, and I tend to play video games more than I should. What can I say? I'm a child of the 80s.....