A Farewell to Ms. Reyes

Beloved science teacher says goodbye to GHS


Ms. Reyes holds an orphaned, baby green heron, at her other job at the International Bird Rescue.

Selin Avanesyans, Staff Writer

Ms. Michelle Reyes was born in Hollywood, California. Her hobbies include hiking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, cooking, baking, watching television, and spending time with her family and friends. One of her favorite places to visit is the Huntington Library

Ms. Reyes teaches marine biology to mostly juniors and seniors. She also teaches biology and Living Earth to mostly freshmen. This is her fourth and final year at Glendale High School, as she will be moving with her husband to Ohio at the end of the school year. 

After her high school graduation, Ms. Reyes first attended Glendale Community College. Then she transferred to UC Davis and majored in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. 

Ms. Reyes then worked as a biological consultant, and she interned at International Bird Rescue at San Pedro. There she taught volunteers and interns, and she enjoyed it so much that she went back to school to earn her teaching credential. Eventually, she was hired to work at Glendale High School.

Ms. Reyes’ favorite part about being a teacher is “seeing my students grow into adults, and when they learn about science and become passionate about science.” 

Ms. Reyes is leaving GHS, because her husband was accepted to medical school in Ohio, and her husband wants to become a physician. She also got a job offer at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, and on the side, she plans to do something based on wild life. 

A piece of advice that Ms. Reyes has for GHS students is to “take [every] opportunity you’ve been given, because you don’t know how it’s going to help you succeed in the future, and be thankful.” She will dearly miss the relationships that she has fostered with her coworkers and students. 

Ms. Reyes hopes to buy a house in Ohio, and she also plans to travel around the world and volunteer at wildlife rescue centers. How exciting!

Ms. Reyes’ final message for our Nitro students and staff:

Thank you for the opportunity to be here. Thank you for trusting me [with] teaching you, taking care of you, and teaching me a lot. My students teach me more than I could ever teach them, especially with the freshmen I started with four years ago, that are graduating now. Thank you for coming back to me and showing me all your accomplishments and asking me for help with college stuff. It’s just wonderful to see them succeed after these four years. Just thank you.

We will miss you, Ms. Reyes. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us.