Rezny ready for WHS students
WORTHINGTON -- After several years teaching in urban and suburban school districts, David Rezny is ready for the kind of close-knit atmosphere that will allow him to really connect with students.
Rezny will replace Keith Fleming as the assistant principal at Worthington High School.
"I knew I wanted an assistant principal position; I like working with students," he said. "My wife and I also like the small-town feel for raising our children. ... I want them to be able to make connections with teachers and staff in the building."
Rezny earned his bachelor's degree in science-biology and his teaching license in urban education at Metropolitan State University and his master's degree in educational leadership from Argosy University.
He taught science at Humboldt Senior High School in St. Paul for five years.
"While I was there, I helped develop the academies," he said. "Humboldt had these academies that were supposed to guide students toward their career choices."
The school also gave him experience dealing with special education and non-native English-speaking students -- experience he can put to good use in District 518, which has an above-average percentage of both groups.
After five years of making the 45-minute commute from his home in Shakopee, Rezny took a job at Lakeville South High School, teaching biology to struggling students for a year before he was laid off due to massive cuts to the district's budget.
He decided to take a break from teaching to earn his K-12 administrative license at Hamline University before landing in Worthington.
He plans to mostly observe WHS for his first year, but does have some ideas for the future.
"One of the programs I know I want to get going is AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination," he explained. "It's designed to take your C and D students and take them up to A and B students. It kind of teaches them how to be a student and gives them some more accountability."
Students are taught study skills and are paired with local college students for tutoring sessions in subjects where they are struggling.
Rezny started the FIRST robotics program at Humboldt and Southwest Christian School in Chaska and would like to do the same at WHS.
"I think this type of student population would do really well," he said of the program, which aims to build students' science and technology skills and includes an international high school robotics competition.