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May 19, 2021

McKenna Reitz is a teacher, coach, inspirational speaker, author, and mother of two girls. McKenna played volleyball at Hope College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a History major. For the past 16 years, she has taught AP Psychology and coached varsity volleyball at Springfield High School in Ohio. In 2015, McKenna was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Alopecia Universalis, which results in total body hair loss. Sports were, and still are, an important part of McKenna’s life. She says, “Volleyball changed my life. It gave me the strength I have needed to fight many battles in my life.” McKenna was named 2020 Make a Difference Teacher, BCSN Teacher of the Month, District 7 Coach of the Year, Promedica Junior Philanthropist of the Year, given a Humanitarian Award while also being nominated numerous times for Toledo’s 20 Under 40 Award. McKenna has shared her story with numerous audiences and most recently was invited to speak at a TEDx conference in Philadelphia.