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My name is Erin Reger. I am a Terre Haute native and a Vigo County transplant in my third year teaching and first year as a North Clay Knight. I have been so grateful to have been welcomed into Clay Community Schools with open arms!
Prior to starting my career as an educator, I grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana, surrounded by my parents, two sisters, and an array of pets. Around age 10, my family was uprooted and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina for six years, where I learned Spanish and gained a deep appreciation for exploring other cultures. After returning to Terre Haute in 2009, before my sophomore year of high school, I graduated from Terre Haute North Vigo High school in 2012. During my time at North, I discovered a love of music and theatre which, along with some encouragement from helpful mentors, led me to my decision to study music education at Millikin University in Decatur Illinois. At Millikin, I not only cultivated my existing love of music, but developed a profound love of teaching that led me to my current career path.
During my time at Millikin, I was an active member of numerous organizations and choral ensembles on campus, eventually serving as Vice President of the nationally-recognized Millikin University Choir. In addition to these social and professional experiences, I was also fortunate to experience a varied set of internships throughout Illinois and Indiana. Before graduation, I had the opportunity to teach in multiple elementary classrooms, vastly different middle school classrooms, several high school choirs of different levels, and solo students of all ages. After completing my student teaching in Williamsville, Illinois at Sherman Elementary and Williamsville Middle School and Junior High, I graduated with a degree in K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music Education with a vocal emphasis from Millikin University in 2012.
Following graduation, I returned home to Terre Haute to be near my family. I accepted a job at Woodrow Wilson in June of 2016 where I was grateful to teach for two years, establishing a successful musical theatre program and helping the choirs there earn gold ratings at ISSMA for the first time in several years. At the close of my second year at Woodrow Wilson, I was contacted my the former choir director here at North Clay, Mrs. Patterson, and asked to apply for this job. Encouraged by her glowing description of her time at North Clay, I applied and accepted the choir director position here, and have been loving it ever since! I still live in a house I purchased this year in Terre Haute with a wonderful roommate and a couple of pets, including my husky-pitbull mix, Nova, but am thrilled to be a part-time Brazil resident and member of the Clay community.