Mrs. Takacs’ office has pictures and sculptures of lighthouses. Lighthouses were built to guide, protect, and are huge lighted landmarks that warned sailors of jagged rocks and shallow waters. Mrs. Takacs is a lighthouse. She is that beacon of light that exposes the dangers and shows the way. Her vision and tenacity have created a passion for success that has changed the lives of thousands of students for over forty -three years. She is the creator of the REACH Program - Responsibility, Effort, Attitude, Character, and Honor. She also organized REACH Circle, a mentoring program designed to pair teachers and staff with at risk students, where they meet monthly as a social and service group. Mrs. Takacs is passionate about every student believing in themselves and their own worth.