Monarch School Team

Richard Reed, M.Ed

Teacher - Spanish


Rick graduated from California State University, Chico in 1986 and went to work right away as a Supervisor at the City of San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department in California from 1986 to 1999. Rick also sold real estate from 1988 through 2001.

Richard Reed

Rick came to Idaho in 1999, with his wife Elinor. When their daughter Nichol was born, suddenly living in California no longer made sense. Another factor influencing his move was his aging father in Sandpoint, and the care that would be needed for his father in mid-2000 through early 2002.

Upon arriving in Idaho, Rick worked at a boarding school in Bonner’s Ferry from 1999 to 2004. He taught as a specialist consultant in subjects ranging from English, history, journalism, psychology, sign language, government and Spanish.  While teaching at the school in Bonner’s Ferry, Rick obtained his formal teaching credential in journalism and psychology, and successfully challenged the University of Idaho’s Spanish curriculum for his Spanish teaching endorsement. In 2013, Rick completed his Master’s degree for education leadership at the University of Idaho.


Rick came to Monarch School in July of 2004 to teach his passion: Spanish. Soon after, he started a new school publication, now known as Le Papillon. Rick finds working at Monarch to be rewarding both personally, in tht positive relationships and life skills are built with his students, and professionally, in that academic learning and responsibility are really happening.

Rick is very family oriented, and prefers to spend free time with his wife Elinor, and their children Nichol (14) and Max (9). Favorite family excursions are to City Beach in Sandpoint, or to dog beach in Sandpoint with Benny, the family dog. For extended excursions, Rick’s family goes to Ainsworth Hot Springs and Mirror Lake campground near the town of Kaslo, in Canada. Max loves to come to Monarch school with Rick on Sundays. Rick and his family always spend Christmas vacation in Mexico with Elinor’s family, and Elinor and the children stay for three to four months in Mexico during the winter. In Mexico, the children attend public schools and enjoy their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and 16 cousins.


Rick can frequently be seen riding his bicycle in the Sandpoint area, usually with Max, and  sometimes with Nichol and Elinor. Rick also enjoys playing sand doubles volleyball with his favorite partner, Nichol, but Max is starting to get good too. Biking, swimming, running, hiking, and skiing, as well as coaching Max’s youth soccer teams are included. Other less

active hobbies and interests include, gardening, reading/studying, re-modeling in the home, making low-sugar jams and baking amazing cookies and treats with Stevia, and keeping up on maintenance of his ’64 and ’68 Volvos.


Rick also knows where some great places to pick Huckleberries are, and takes students to one of his favorite sites during the summer to pick berries for the school.