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Walter Reese, Principal

Why did you choose education as a profession?

I wanted to provide children with opportunities to unlock their potential so they can have a strong academic foundation before entering high school.

What is your favorite moral focus virtue?

My favorite virtue is integrity because who we are when no one is watching is more important than creating a fake appearance to impress people.

How important is parental involvement in a student’s success?

I believe parental involvement is quintessential to a scholar’s success. Research has proven when parents are involved in their child’s education the level of success increases.

Favorite Quote:

“The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.” Tony Dungy

Did you know…

  • Mr. Reese was recruited to play professional football in Germany.
  • He has 12 siblings (4 sisters and 8 brothers).
  • Mr. Reese thinks Twix is the best candy.

Principal Reese’s Favorite Things

  • Sport: Football
  • Meal: Shrimp and Grits
  • Season: Summer
  • Color: Red
  • Classic book: “The Invisible Man”
  • Animal: White Tiger


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology from Tennessee State University
  • Master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Michigan-Flint


Rebecca Lee, Dean of Lower Elementary


Sherri Mazzoni, Dean of Middle School 


  • Adrian College: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Western Michigan University: Master of Arts in Curriculum
  • Concordia University:  Certificate of School Administration

Previous education experience and number of years in the field

My educational career began in 1998.  I taught 3rd grade and was the Reading Facilitator for 6 years in Battle Creek Public Schools.  Then, I moved to the east side of Michigan and worked as a 4th grade teacher at Keystone Academy (National Heritage Academies) in Belleville for 4 years.  In 2008, I became a Dean at Keystone Academy and served in that role the past 7 years.  This will be my first year as a Dean at Plymouth Scholars.  I feel very blessed and honored to be a part of the Puma community.  


My husband Pete is an Assistant Principal for Livonia Public Schools. Pete and I have 2 boys named Ethan and Cole. Staying healthy and being active is very important to our family. I love to go shopping, exercise, watch and/or participate in sports, go out to eat, and spend time with family and friends. We love the Ohio State Buckeyes!


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