An avid Yankees fan, Keenan Reader was born and raised in Eastern Long Island, New York. From his family, all educators, he learned the importance of helping and teaching others; they instilled in him a love for learning that led him into a career as an educator. For Keenan, education does not end in the classroom—a philosophy he believes deeply in and shares with his students today.
While growing up, Keenan was encouraged to be active beyond the regular school day and to participate in sports and community activities. In high school, he was an honor student and an avid athlete in three varsity sports (cross country, track, and lacrosse). Keenan continued his education at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he majored in mathematics and secondary education, and played lacrosse until suffering an unfortunate knee injury.
Returning to Long Island, Keenan taught middle school mathematics and coached lacrosse. The experience as a coach led him to pursue a Master’s of Science Degree in School Guidance and Counseling at Hunter College in New York City. While earning his master’s degree he continued to teach and worked as a counselor at schools throughout Manhattan, including Harlem and Gramercy Park.
Keenan’s parents instilled in him a love for traveling and learning about different cultures, which, combined with his love of the ocean, brought him to Maui in 2001. Here, for four years, he worked at Lahainaluna High School as School Counselor and Director of Guidance. He chose to make the move to Maui Prep in its first year because of the exciting opportunities to be part of a new, innovative school and all it offers the children of Maui.
When not teaching, Keenan enjoys spending time with his daughters, Kaia and Ellie, reading, surfing, kayaking, diving, mountain biking, and snow skiing when possible, with his wife, Pamela.