8:45 am, 11th grade students shuffle into their Social Studies class and seem to be in a surprisingly good mood – for teenagers. Dr. Scott exchanges a few good-humored jokes with his students, throwing his voice into comedic impressions, purposefully looking for laughs. His students oblige and are comfortable enough to “jab” him back with a few of their own creative responses.
This is Dr. Scott’s first year as a Social Studies teacher, but 17th year teaching in Morrisville High. Like many other districts across the country, budget cuts eliminated the incredible music and performance arts department that he worked very hard to establish for the students of Morrisville, PA. Not too long ago, music from an award winning Jazz Band and Marching Band filled the halls of the schools and the streets of the city. Dr. Scott wrote and directed several plays that brought enrichment to education and an appreciation for the arts throughout the district. The parents and kids of this blue-collar town felt a strong sense of pride as they watched several of their own leave for college to pursue careers in music and the arts. Today, the halls are a little quieter, but the dreams are still big and the enthusiasm for the arts is still quite prevalent in the teaching style of Dr. Scott.