Washingtonville’s Reese Gets State’s Highest Theater Educators Award
By Jodi Davis
The New York State Theater Educators gives out an award annually to one administrator across the state who has made a positive impact on the theater program in their schools. I nominated Mr. Reese to receive the award this year.
Mr. Reese has been working in educational theater in the Hudson Valley for decades. He is currently working closely with the high school lighting and technical design students and helping to improve the lighting in many of our buildings which also impacts positively any event that takes place in our auditoriums and cafeterias such as music programs, coffee houses, talent nights, and public speaker events. His expertise, insight, knowledge, and love of working with students is evident as he gives up his weekends, evenings, and even summer vacation to assist students in learning all they can about the technical aspects of theater.
His wealth of knowledge and generosity are greatly appreciated and have made a huge difference to our students and our educational theater and music programs. Many of our students go on to become professionals in the performing arts, and it is mentors like Mr. Reese who help prepare them for their futures. Were very thankful for his time and energy on behalf of our students.
CAPTION: Washingtonville school superintendent Roy Reese received his New York State Theater Educators award during the Board of Education meeting on Jan. 22. (Photo provided)