About the Teacher


Hello, and welcome!

My name is Celina Reynes. In class, I go by Ms. Reynes or Ms. Celina. In 2012, I graduated from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, CA, and gave the Salutatorian address (below). I attended Wellesley College, where I graduated magna cum laude, and a Fulbright Grant finalist, with a degree in English literature. During college, I spent two years as an editor-in-chief of The Wellesley Review, and I taught English and creative writing classes throughout the academic years and over the summer through the M.I.T. Educational Studies Program. What’s the takeaway, you ask? I absolutely love school, teaching, and writing.


After Wellesley College, I moved to New York City. I worked for two years as a freelance script reader for companies like Amazon Studios, Maven Pictures, and Sesame Street. I also spent time as a journalist for Citizen, a breaking-news technology startup. After a few years, I realized I was much more interested in teaching other people how to write than writing myself.

I am currently working on my M.A. in Teaching at the University of San Francisco, and I love my career choice. I’m excited about the challenge, and looking forward to spending the rest of the semester at the front of L16!