Reagan is a Dallas native and was a lifer (preschool-12th grade) at Hockaday. Diagnosed with both dyslexia and ADHD, she spent high school heavily involved in art, Latin, English, and the school literary magazine, Vibrato. Math and science were subjects that she vigorously and consistently avoided. After high school graduation, Reagan was given an opportunity at the Shelton School to work as a personal aide for a third grader with mild cerebral palsy, verbal aphasia, explosive rage issues, dyslexia, ADHD, and pediatric bipolar. She was simultaneously working with students in the intensive tutoring program offered by Shelton. It was a baptism by fire that sparked a passion for working with kids who had more on their plate than the average kid and who most might view as “difficult”.
After spending some time studying art, philosophy, literature, and ancient Greek in Florida and New Mexico, Reagan returned to Dallas and discovered the neuroscience program at UT Dallas. She was lucky enough to have some brilliant math and science professors who were able to make these subjects accessible and she discovered that with the right teachers, these subjects became her strengths as well as her passion. During her time at UT Dallas, she worked for the AVID and Early College High School program as a tutor and eventually became the TA for Neuropharmacology at UT Dallas. Shortly thereafter, she spent two years working in a UT Dallas neuroscience lab assisting in research projects involving the electrophysiology, histology, and behavioral components of learning and memory.
Reagan began tutoring privately in math, science, English, and test prep before completing her neuroscience degree and continued this full time after graduation. She then had an opportunity to teach students who were attending online classes at a substance abuse facility for adolescents and from there, transitioned to Fusion. Reagan is actively involved in animal rescue, specifically bully breed dogs, and enjoys any kind of spicy food. Her interests vary: collecting old records and antique medical books to muscle cars from the 60s and 70s, Harry Potter, family history (she recently discovered that one of her relatives was hanged as a witch in Connecticut during the late 1600s), making art, cooking, and most importantly, learning new things. Reagan is a huge advocate of taking the fear and anxiety out of math and science, fostering empathy, and learning how to think critically and independently.