Derik Reed

Welcome to Capital High School!

I am a certified biology teacher and special educator, and have been at Capital as a Special Education Teacher since 2005. I am one of the case managers and special education teachers for students with mild to severe learning issues at Capital High School, managing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for these students, and providing support that allows those students to share the academic environment with non-disabled peers. I serve students in co-taught classes, in our core curricular lab, and also teach a course in Applied Biology for selected students.

I came to teaching either by accident or divine guidance (I guess it is up to you to decide who to blame). I grew up in northwest Arkansas, lived on my own for a year in eastern Idaho, and then returned to Arkansas to finish a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. I continued at Clemson University, earning a Master of Science degree in Forestry/Wildlife Management. Returning to Arkansas, I worked as a Research Specialist in wildlife studies for nearly 5 years. I moved to Montana in 1992, expecting to work in natural resource management, but almost immediately began working with children with emotional and behavioral disorders. I have worked in a number of treatment centers, group homes, and mental health agencies. In 2000, I returned to school to become certified to teach. I gained certification in Biology for Secondary Education, and also in Special Education. I feel fortunate to have been hired in the Helena School District in the first year that I was available after student teaching. I expect to serve students for a long time in Helena.

I believe that all students are unique, and deserve an opportunity to learn in an environment that allows them to demonstrate that uniqueness. I believe that the key to guiding learning is in the development of a mutual relationship that promotes respect, trust, individual dignity, and personal value. I believe my strength as a teacher is in the development of that relationship.

I can be reached via email, at, or you may call my direct line at 406-324-2521.