Anna Scott named MSMHS Teacher of the Year

Anna Scott named MSMHS Teacher of the Year

From an early age, Anna Scott knew that she had a strong ability to connect to people with humor, compassion, and confidence. Those characteristics led her to being chosen as Teacher of the Year for Marine Science Magnet High School, where she serves as a school counselor.

Anna has a passion for helping students feel at ease and for being able to provide them with a place where they can be themselves. She wants to be there to celebrate their success, but also help them get through difficult times. Her role as school counselor has enabled Anna to reach a great number of students and have authentic fun along the way.

Here is some more about Anna:

What is your favorite memory while teaching?

My favorite memory to date was this last graduation ceremony. I have a vivid memory of sinking into my seat watching my amazing student Danielle McIlquham read her speech and just thought, “we have the most thoughtful, intelligent, and kind students.” I believe that where most go left and MSMHS goes right is here: in addition to academic rigor, we put an emphasis on teaching our students how to walk out of our doors being genuinely good human beings.

What is a fun fact about you?

I was ranked sixth in the nation after being invited to the trampoline national championship! Yes, trampolining is sport even though Microsoft Word does not recognize it as a word.

What is one of your hidden talents?

Absolutely crushing lip sync battles.

How do you spend your summer vacation?

I spend a good majority of my summer in Block Island.

What inspires you as a teacher?

It inspires me every day to be completely surrounded by the hardest working students, faculty, and administration. The culture of being supported as an educator and as a student starts at the top with Dr. Spera and trickles down throughout the MSMHS community. To have the privilege to be part of such a unique environment where I’m able to contribute to creating an atmosphere of enthusiasm and acceptance for my students is second to none.

If you could give your students any life advice, what would it be?

The phrase that my father instilled in me at a young age still rings true: it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. There is at least one thing to laugh about each day, make sure you find it.  Also, in my experience complaining gets you nowhere and hard work can take you anywhere. The world is up for grabs!

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