Keith David Reeves is an educator and musician. A native of Syracuse, New York, he has taught every grade level, K through 12, in underprivileged and affluent schools in both rural and urban settings, as well as educational methods at the university level. He was a middle school and high school band director, and now serves as the educational technology coordinator at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia.
An unapologetic advocate of critical pedagogy, he vocally supports a revolution to put authentic student learning first in the public schools through applied, skills-based teaching with technology-integrated, student-centered curricula for individual comprehension and relevance, and actively opposes the use of inaccurate, irrelevant standardized tests. He is currently authoring his first nonfiction work on education.
He is frequently heard to repeat his “education revolutionary’s prime directive:” “Children and their learning first, in all things, now and forever, no exceptions.” As he writes, “Children are for one thing, and that is to be loved. They are never to be done to.”
As an educational technologist, he is the coauthor of the Moulen-Reeves Paperless Research Paper Model and has a passion for gaming, gamification, simulation, and virtual environments for teaching, learning, and living. Mr. Reeves was the first Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer in Virginia, and currently serves as a Director At-Large and Treasurer for the Virginia Society for Technology in Education.
As a musician, Mr. Reeves studied composition with Dana Wilson, music theory with Mary Arlin, and trumpet with D. Kim Dunnick. Reeves writes tonal music, often with dense chordal elements and layered melodic lines. He remains active in the music education community and has been a director, visual instructor, composer, and staff arranger for marching bands and drum corps throughout the east coast, and is an adjudicator with the USBands circuit.
A passionate and active genealogist, he has documented about 17,000 individuals in his extended family, and is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, having documented nine Compatriot Ancestors to date.
Mr. Reeves resides in Arlington, Virginia.