Meet Tim Scott, Alta’s newest principal
For Tim Scott, accepting the Alta elementary school principal position this summer was literally like coming back home. “I grew up in Cherokee, and graduated from high school there. So yes, it’s been like coming back home,” says Tim. After getting his BA in history education from UNI, Tim started his teaching career in a small district in southwest Iowa. “It’s called Orient-Macksburg. They had a graduating class at the time, of 22. I had seven different preps, coached four sports, and was the prom sponsor,” says Tim. Small school districts, as many school employees know around this area, require some multi-tasking, but Tim was more than up for the tasks. Tim credits a good work ethic with getting him through the job requirements to start his teaching career.
From there, Tim got the call to head up to northeast Iowa, to the Manchester West Delaware district. After serving in various capacities there, Tim moved on to Newton, where he worked for 12 years, before getting his MA, in administration, to open the doors up to becoming a principal. “My first administrative position was in River Valley, which had 31 students per class. I was 7-12 principal there,” says Tim, It was there that he met his wife, Jen – they were married, and had kids Payton, and Tei. Tim and his family moved back to southeast Iowa, where Tim took the assistant high school position at Oskaloosa. It was in Oskaloosa that Jen, and Tim became foster parents to two sisters, raising them, and eventually adopting them. More stops in Mason City, then Baraga, Michigan, where Tim had principal positions. The Alta-Aurelia elementary principal position became open, and Tim saw it as a good opportunity for a couple of reasons.”What attracted me to the position was that it brought me closer to home, in a good school district, where we can raise our daughters,” says Tim.
Growing up in Iowa helped Tim established a good sense of ethics, and values, which he incorporates into his approach to education. “I can count on both hands the number of days that I missed in school growing up, and it is not much more now. You need to be in school to teach, and learn, and I hope that my students will enjoy school so much that they want to be here, as much as possible. I like to think that I’m empathetic, as I try to put myself in others shoes. I like to think that I’m flexible, and always willing to help out, wherever it is needed,” says Tim. Tim hopes to establish some basic courtesies, and guidelines, when school resumes this fall.” Saying ‘please’, and ‘thank you’, and trying to be patient, when someone is being served in front of you (say, in the lunch line). I’m also a big believer in combining fun, with getting stuff done,” says Tim.
Education can hold a certain positive power, done correctly, and used by the right hearts, and minds. Tim believes in those powers, and wants to carry that belief forth, heading into the new school year. “The main value I hold, is what education can do for a person. I grew up lower on the socioeconomic ladder, and had no idea what I wanted to do. I had some teachers take me under their wings, so to speak, and showed that they cared for me. I used that to push me into my career in education. I want to show all my students, and parents, what education can do for them. Kindness and honesty are two values that I believe in, and try to teach them to my daughters every day,” says Tim.