BS in Psychology, Southeastern University
Valerie Reeder was born in Chicago, Illinois, and lived there until she came to Florida in 1993 to attend Southeastern University. It was while in Florida she met her husband, Mark. They have three grown children and have pastored a church in Lakeland since 2002.
Mrs. Reeder attended Southeastern University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Upon graduation from SEU, she taught a self-contained Emotional/Behavioral Disability unit for one year prior to starting a family. After discovering her interest in teaching and while having a family, she pursued her teaching certification in K-6 Elementary Education through the competency-based certification program Educator’s Preparation Institute at Polk State College (PSC).
During her children’s school-age years, she chose to stay home and successfully home-educate all three of her children. After helping each of them complete their education to the point of beginning the dual enrollment program at PSC, she returned to the workforce and was employed as a paraprofessional teacher at Pathways School of Excellence for two years. She recently passed and received the Exceptional Student Education K-12 certification.
Valerie is excited to join the Pathways School of Excellence faculty teaching students with exceptional educational needs. Her passion is to help them grow and progress in all areas: academically, spiritually, emotionally, and behaviorally.