You’d be hard-pressed to ever see Turtle Creek Elementary School Associate Principal Ramon Reyes wearing something other than a neatly ironed shirt, tie and slacks.
“Someone once asked me, ‘Why do you wear a tie every day?'” he said. “To that I replied, ‘We dress up for important people and events.’ My students are important to me and that is why I wear a tie everyday to work.”
His grandfather also was a big influence in his life.
“He always said, ‘We don’t choose to be role models in our profession, but we are viewed as one.'”
Most recently, Reyes says he has identified himself with the main character in the book Mr. Tanen’s Ties, by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.
With that in mind, Reyes has encourage students at Turtle Creek Elementary School to join him in “Dressing for Success.”
From now until the end of the school year, Reyes has asked all students to “Dress for Success” on the last Friday of every month (Dec. 21, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 29, April 26, May 31 and June 7).
It’s a fun activity for the kids, and it’s a great reminder for them that they too will have the chance to be successful adults someday, just like Mr. Reyes.