Captain Reich joined our CIS department this year as a social studies teacher. Previously he taught, coached and was a building officer at a military boarding school in Pennsylvania.
Following in his parents' and grandfather's footsteps, he entered into education as well. "It is the family business." Growing up in a home full of teachers, he had insight into what it was to be a teacher, and he enjoys getting kids excited about events that happened hundreds of years ago.
Captain Reich attended an independent school and benefited from the tight knit community and the personal teaching, attention, care, and concern that he received. "As a teacher, you have the freedom to teach each class effectively. Kids are not automatons, and industrialized education does not work for all of them. Students should be able to pursue interests, debate (and argue) with each other and their teacher to learn."
He is very impressed with Hargrave. "The supportive atmosphere offers options for success and is geared towards cultivating growth as a responsible young man." He relates our monthly character traits into his classwork to help make them more understandable. "Universal skills like honesty, integrity and leadership are important for our students as they develop the young men they will become."
We all have memories of middle school history classes where we focused on memorizing dates and names, but like all of our favorite teachers, Captain Reich knows that history is the story of us. "History is how we have gotten to this point as a society." Students are disconnected with a photo of someone from 300 years ago, but by humanizing events and people, it can quickly become relatable. "What we learn from the past will shape the future. Students are in the very beginning of their lives, and we are setting the life lesson groundwork right now."
He wishes that everyone knew that "Hargrave is an amazing school that takes boys and turns them into young men. It is understated how needed Hargrave is, not just with education, but with value strengthening. Someone needs to lead this generation and set the example." Hargrave men will be there for this essential role.
Born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Growing up, he was entrenched in education as both a student and the son (and grandson) of teachers, which gave him a little more insight into the work, lifestyle, and benefits of a career in education. It also created an appreciation for teachers in grade school and beyond and really opened his eyes to the long term impact an educator who sincerely goes that extra mile for their students.
When Captain Reich was in 7th grade, his future in education was set as he encountered one of those teachers who really went above and beyond and cultivated my interest in social studies and the philosophy behind why he sincerely believe that learning about the past is immeasurably critical to successfully forging our way forward as a civilization.
He took that interest in history with him into his undergraduate years at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland - it being fitting to achieve his Bachelors Degree in History at a school old enough to claim to be the only school President George Washington was still alive to personally grant his namesake to.
While there, he became a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity - sticking to the historical trend as this brotherhood is one of, if not the oldest and largest Greek life organizations in the United States (having deep ties to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville).
As a part of this organization, much like for the cadets at Hargrave Military Academy, he formed life long friendships, learned the value of hard work, and came to appreciate the concept of self-less service.
After college he spent four years at Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania as a social studies instructor, TAC Officer, and Track and Field coach until the summer of 2018 when that academy - one of the oldest in the entire country - closed its doors after over 200 years.
Partly into the 2018-19 school year he joined the faculty of Hargrave Military Academy, picked up roots (and his rotten Shepherd Terry) in Pennsylvania and moved down to southern Virginia to start a new journey in his social studies teaching career - and he couldn’t be happier!
We are excited to be joined by Coach John Bailey. He is a veteran college baseball coach and a U.S. Army veteran who received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Coming to Hargrave from Danville Community College, Coach Bailey brings over 35 years of coaching experience, including several state and... more
Coach Roach chaperoned the SCUBA class as they got in the pool for their first time breathing under water. They will have one more pool dive followed by two open water dives, earning their open water Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Lifetime Certification.
Saturday evening,... more
The Tigers won their sixth straight track meet by the following team scores:
Hargrave - 125 pts
Gretna - 83 pts
Altavista - 82 pts
Dan River - 46 pts
Chatham - 36 pts
4 x 800 Relay - Higdon, Powers, Khraisat, Morris
Triple Jump - Hankins
110 Hurdles - Williams
Delta Company is made up of our 7-9th graders and their company leadership. Delta is the reigning Honor Company in our Corps. Captain McCaskey is one of the Delta Company TAC Officers and he attributes their successes to their outstanding Cadet leadership and great Cadets. "Our Cadet leadership... more
The 2018-2019 season ended in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday night as the Hargrave Tigers fell to Virginia Episcopal School, 40-39, in the VISAA Division 2 State Tournament Elite Eight. The Tigers capped off the season with a 13-12 record.
In the rubber match between Hargrave and Virginia... more
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