Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School Board
20 years teaching pre-k
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 27, 2017
By Steve Share, editor, Minneapolis Labor Review
BUFFALO — “Your zip code should not determine the quality of education you get,” says Amanda Reineck. “I want to work hard to make sure that there isn’t a discrepancy in my community.”
Reineck is running for an At Large seat on the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose school board. She is endorsed by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
Reineck has worked for 20 years as a pre-k teacher, including 10 years in the Hopkins school district, and, for the past 10 years, in the Wayzata school district.
‘Your zip code should not determine the quality of education you get. I want to work hard to make sure that there isn’t a discrepancy in my community.’
In her current job, Reineck is a member of SEIU Local 284 and has served on the local’s bargaining committee and executive board.
As a teacher, she says, “you’re on the front lines seeing what happens in the school every day.” She knows how school budgets can affect students as well as teachers and support staff.
Two years ago, Reineck helped run phonebanks to pass two ballot levies for the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose schools.
Now, in running for school board, “I just want to be a part of the success of the district and moving it forward,” she says. “I really would like to be a community advocate for our schools; I want to be visible in the schools. I would like to be that kind of board member.”
Reineck has lived more than 12 years in Buffalo. She and her husband Erich have two kids in the school district, a son in 8th grade and a daughter in 4th grade.
Reineck grew up in Shell Lake, Wisconsin and earned an education degree at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
A professor there steered her into early childhood education.
Reineck says, “I’m excited about representing the district, thinking about the difference I can make for the kids and being a voice on the board that hasn’t been there.”