“It means a great deal to be a part of an organization that advocates for young children and those who teach them. My NAEYC membership has provided me with many valuable resources, which have led to better classroom instruction.”
Bevin Reinen, First grade teacher, NAEYC member since 2013.
Tell us about your work with young children:
I teach a first grade general education inclusion class at Three Oaks Elementary School in Virginia Beach, VA. I have 22 bright, capable, and loving students who inspire me daily. Witnessing them work together and celebrate each other’s unique differences is a beautiful thing.
Why did you become an NAEYC member?
I wanted to connect, share, and grow with other professionals devoted to early childhood education. Our work is important, and we can't do it alone! We need valuable networking and collaborative opportunities to be able to put forth our personal best. It's what our students deserve!
What does your NAEYC membership mean to you? How has it impacted your career and influenced your work with young children?
It means a great deal to be a part of an organization that advocates for young children and those who teach them. My NAEYC membership has provided me with many valuable resources, which has led to better classroom instruction. Additionally, being connected with this group helps me stay inspired and motivated.
What is your favorite NAEYC member benefit?
It feels like Christmas every time the Teaching Young Children (TYC) magazine shows up in my school mailbox! The ‘Good Guidance’ section keeps me current with best practices and I enjoy taking a peek inside the classrooms of real early childhood educators.
What is your dream for the future of early-childhood education?
I hope one day that all children will have access to high-quality early childhood education.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Each year, I get to send my 6 and 7 year-olds on to the next grade armed with confidence, a sincere love of learning, and the life-long gift of reading.
What three accomplishments, personal and/or professional you are most proud of?:
I am the proud owner TeachTrainLove.com, an educational website focused on promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of the early childhood learner. This past year, I earned National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist and was selected as the 2015 Virginia Beach City Public Schools/Virginia Region II Teacher of the Year. It was a good year!
What's your favorite book and why?
I love many books, but B.J. Novak's 'The Book with No Pictures' is a recent favorite because it is both innovative and hilarious. It shows children just how much fun reading can be. It's one of those stories that your students will ask you to read again and again. You'll have to read it to understand why. No spoilers here!