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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Stephens turns dream into reality

  • Reid Stephens worked at the Chillicothe post office for 25 years as a clerk, carrier and night supervisor
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  • Reid Stephens worked at the Chillicothe post office for 25 years as a clerk, carrier and night supervisor. He also spent seven years as the postmaster at the Trenton post office. Stephens left the post office in 2011. He said he had intentions of staying longer, but he felt it was the right time to pursue his dream of becoming a math teacher and football coach. “I’ve always wanted to coach, and being a math teacher just fits my personality...There‘s always an answer for math... there is always a demand for math teachers” Stephens said. After graduating from Chillicothe High School in 1978, Stephens attended the University of Missouri and was a walk-on for the MU football team. Due to scholarship complications and college being so expensive, Stephens only attended MU until after the fall semester of his sophomore year. However, Stephens is a walking example of the saying, “It’s never too late to follow your dreams.” He began online classes a few years ago with Western Governor’s University, based in Salt Lake City, graduated with his cachelor’s degree in math in 2012 and became certified to teach. Stephens said the online classes he took finally made his dream attainable, because the classes he took were offered at a reasonable price. He started his teaching career at Chillicothe Middle School; however, this year he moved to the high school and teaches Algebra for 9th, 10th and 11th graders. He is also the head coach for the freshman football team and scouts for the varsity football team. Stephens normally gets to school about 7 a.m. to be around for students who may have questions about assignments and he doesn’t leave school until about 5:30 p.m. when football practice is over. The freshman football team has games on Monday nights, and they won their first game this week against Marshall 39-0. In his free time, before he began teaching and coaching, Stephens volunteered to coach for the YMCA football program every year for about 12 years. He also helps teach the 9th and 10th grade Sunday School at First Baptist Church and serves on the Deacon Board. Stepehens helps out with a program that places Bibles in hotels and he distributes Bibles at various schools. On Sundays, he helps his wife, Natalie, with teaching college students the Bible at his home. This group of college students also goes on youth mission trips in the summer. Last year, they went to New Mexico, according to Stephens. Stephens said he met Natalie in high school and they were “high school sweethearts.” Natalie also worked at the Chillicothe post office. She was employed as a window clerk and retired after 30 years. They have three children together: Katie, Reid Jr. and Zachary. Katie and Reid Jr. live in California. Katie, 34, is a managing nurse at the Stanford University hospital. Reid Jr., 32, is married to Lindsey and they have two little girls, Trinity and Charity. He works for the U.S. Navy as a government contractor. Zachary, 30, is in Japan right now with the Navy and works as a logistics specialist.

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