Kenyatte A. Reid
Eagle Academy for Young Men of Southeast Queens
Kenyatte A. Reid did not think twice about seizing the opportunity to begin his career as a social studies teacher at his middle school alma mater, Satellite West, in Brooklyn, N.Y. “At Satellite West, I found teachers that believed in me in a way that I had never felt before from a teacher,” he recalls. As a teacher and administrator, he always remembered the support and encouragement he found at Satellite West and strived to find the best way to deliver the same to his students. Reid moved on to become the school’s assistant principal and principal of Satellite III Academy before assuming his current role as the founding principal of Eagle Academy for Young Men of Southeast Queens, an all-male public school serving students from grades six through 12. His students have taught him important life lessons, he says. “My students have taught me how to listen to people, how they feel and how to value it.”
Reid takes great pride in being a public school educator and works diligently to create a school environment in which both he and his staff thoughtfully address each young man’s developmental needs and prepare them for higher education and their future careers. In the classroom, he taught social studies and math for several years and was so effective that he was honored as “Male Role Model of the Year,” “Staff Member of the Year” and “Master Teacher.”
Reid holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Hampton University and a master’s degree in education administration from Fordham University, and received additional educational training at Yale University. Kenyatte was also part of the inaugural class of the New York City Leadership Academy, which prepares visionary, passionate educators to become exceptional leaders.
A devoted family man, Reid spends his weekends biking with his wife and three daughters or in other outdoor activities.