Written by Joe Fisk
FRCC faculty Mark Reinholz teaches psychology, philosophy, and education. Reinholz has been with FRCC since 2007.
“It never feels like work,” said Reinholz. “It feels natural. It feels effortless, meaningful, and important.”
Reinholz earned his bachelor’s in philosophy at the University of Northern Colorado, then received his juris doctorate at the University of Colorado Law.
“Like many students, I took my first philosophy class with no idea of what to expect and fell in love with it,” said Reinholz. “I remember leaving class in total awe, like other dimensions were being unlocked for me. The next thing I knew, I was a philosophy major. I went to law school based on a vague notion of wanting to help people. It seemed like a ‘practical’ thing to do with my newfound philosophical skills.”
After working in the field, Reinholz returned to school. At Colorado State University, Reinholz received a Masters in philosophy and then a Masters in educational psychology at the University of Northern Colorado.
“I returned to philosophy and got my master’s, started teaching, and absolutely loved it,” said Reinholz. “I later obtained a master’s in educational psychology out of personal interest, to improve my pedagogy, and to add a whole new set of classes to my teaching repertoire. I have always prioritized a diversified set of knowledge and skills; I don’t ever want to become too narrow.”
Reinholz is dedicated to both his own education and the education of others. However, he understands the value of self care and education as an experience.
“[My advice to students is] less is more,” said Reinholz. “Find time for self care. We should put a little less pressure on ourselves when we can. Treat school like an experience to be had rather than an achievement to cross off a list.”
Teaching provides Reinholz the opportunity to improve his life and others through growth and challenge. He finds teaching rewarding and meaningful.
“Teaching is an opportunity to improve lives,” said Reinholz. “I love that it always provides me with new challenges and opportunities for growth. I’m able to bring a lot of fun and personality to the table while still creating meaningful, transformative experiences for students. There’s nothing more rewarding than when they express gratitude for something you taught them.”
Reinholz will be returning this fall to teach intro to philosophy, intro to education, psychology 101, and psychology 102 classes. Fall semester starts August 19 and adding or dropping class deadlines will vary depending on the classes start date.