Dave Reid, Willow Glen High School

Dave Reid is a first year, second-career teacher passionate about teaching all students. He attended the US Military Academy at West Point, George Mason University (BSEE), Santa Clara University (MBA), and Stanford University (MAEd). He currently teaches Algebra 1 and AP Calculus AB at Willow Glen High School in the San Jose Unified School District in San Jose, CA.

After almost three decades in high-tech (wireless and GPS mostly), I have embarked on a second career to which I feel a calling: teaching.

Something called to me for many, many years but I was never tuned in enough to figure out what. Now, I know. It’s teaching high school students how to make the most of themselves in life as capable, competent citizens, full of self-esteem and self-confidence tempered by some humility and empathy for those who have less, and eager to serve their nation and this world in their life — whatever career path they choose

I also seek to teach those who wake up everyday wondering if they matter, whether they need to care, or even try to fulfill societal expectations that seem so out of reach. I know that it is so disheartening to have tried before only to walk away empty-handed so often. All of these souls — my students — are important to me. I hope to show them through teaching that they matter, are important, are capable, and with effort, can do much more than what they may have allowed themselves to believe.


Dave Reid came to the classroom after 25 years in a wholly different field.

That is why I teach.

While the subject I teach is mathematics, my focus is on imparting knowledge, the ability to think independently and in groups, the confidence to make mistakes and fail while pulling oneself up so as to never give up entirely, the wisdom to seek help, and the desire to do your best.

My experiences in life saw me struggling with math, overcoming it, successfully applying it in various technical and business fields, and now, as a teacher, looking at it as an art. That is why I wanted to teach math: I failed at it as a student, but I ultimately was able to apply it successfully as a professional. If I could underscore that for my students, they will learn not to give up — and that as life evolves, different elements of your academic career may come into sharper focus.

My experiences with math as a science (viewed as a set of tools for use in solving problems) provide me with a range of knowledge, applications and techniques to help the most challenged in math to the most gifted. I am passionate about delivering an equitable and accessible math curriculum and instruction — taking into account other pedagogical, special needs and English language learner considerations — so I can be a math teacher for all students: rich or poor, self-confident or self-conscious, struggling or excelling, excited or bored, math hater or -lover, English conversant or not.

5 Responses to “Dave Reid, Willow Glen High School”

  1. Bob Reid III 10. May, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I’m extremely proud of my older brother for all that he has accomplished in his life. His road, and that of our family’s, has oft been trying and burdensome. Doug is proud of you too Dave for the young lives that you will forever change and mold as your career progresses. You have indeed found your calling.

    Love you brother…

    • Dave 11. May, 2012 at 6:20 am #

      Thanks, Bob. My love for Doug, you, and others who struggled, or continue to struggle, with school is a primary driver for my becoming a teacher.

  2. larry Smith 16. Oct, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    Dear Mr Reid,

    This all sounds great. But I doubt too many of you students appreciate your vision because they are too strssed out from you rediculously hard exams. By taking kids that up until they got to your class got As And Bs and handing them Ds and Fs on every test you nothing to inspire them, to the contrary many may fear every math class going forward till they are sure no other teacher has you calous attitude about handing out a F to a top level student. What teacher sleeps at night when the class averages for scores are in the 50s?

    Average low test scores say less about the kids and more about your ability to teach a well planned course or grade their effot. Yes they will survive your class and yes they will be smarter but they will hate you for the blot you will leave on most of their transcripts.

    A concerned parent

    • Dave Reid 01. May, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

      Hi Mr. Smith / Concerned Parent.

      I am just seeing this now. I rarely visit this page.

      If you see this reply and so desire, please contact me at school via email or phone so we can meet to discuss your concerns.

      I believe there may have been some misinformation, misunderstanding or misrepresentation of the facts that need to be cleared up. As an example, my grade scale includes 15% wide bins, so a 55% constitutes a C, not an F. I can assure you that no students received an F in the course; very, very few received Ds. In fact, as I emailed out to all of my students, my grade distribution first semester far exceeded the prior year teacher’s grade distribution.

      I believe that if we met and discussed your concerns you would feel much better about my pedagogy. I am very open to specific suggestions, too.



  3. Dave Reid 01. May, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    DEAR MODERATOR: Could you please add my website info from my prior comment so my avatar does not look so gruesome? Thanks! :)

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