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Lesa Scott, 6th grade language arts teacher at West Union Attendance Center, just received the award for West Union Teacher of the Year and Union County Teacher of the Year.
“Concerning the West Union award, I was overwhelmed. To be chosen by your peers is a huge compliment. When I got the award for the county teacher of the year, I was humbled. I am very grateful. There are few times that you get an award for doing something you love to do,” said Scott.
Scott teaches reading and English to sixth graders. She previously taught special education at the former Mattie Thompson School as well as senior government and economics. She said, “I am so interested in education and helping kids learn. I like teaching sixth grade because the kids are so eager to learn. To be able to make a difference where I am needed is important to me.”
When Scott teaches reading, she also emphasizes the importance of context clues, story elements, main ideas and fully understanding the reading passage. In English, she stresses the importance of writing, sentence structure, spelling, grammar and vocabulary.
“Technology has increased so much and that is good in a lot of aspects, but when it comes to texting, I have to remind students the correct way to spell because they want to spell and write like how they text and they cannot do that,” said Scott.
West Union Principal Mr. Paul Correro said, “I was very proud of Mrs. Scott. She really goes the extra mile, is always seeking new ideas, goes behind the scenes, willing to try new things, and leads the Teacher Support Team. Being in charge of the TST really shows that she is here to help her students.”