The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

June 8, 2011

Happy trails for Scott

North Side Intermediate School teacher retires in unique fashion

ANDERSON, Ind. — Though it happened a few hours shy of the sun actually setting, a veteran teacher ended his career by riding off into the “sunset” Wednesday.

Stacy Scott, a North Side Intermediate School teacher, hopped onto his horse in the parking lot of the school at the end of the day, gave his students a final wave, and left the school’s campus in a light gallop, riding his horse all the way home amid the busy Cross Street traffic.

Scott’s students wiped their tear-stained cheeks as they watched him ride away in the scorching hot sun, remarking on his teaching prowess.

For 12-year-old Lauren Caldwell, Scott was a relatable teacher who got through to students with his signature story-telling style.

“He’d tell a lot of stories,” she said. “While he was teaching, he’d tell a story that had to do with (the lesson).”

Para-educator Ryan Jackson worked in Scott’s classroom throughout the school year and said the teacher knew how to find a way to make the lesson make sense to the students.

“He relates the lesson to what the kids go through in life,” he said.

Scott was also known to share bits of his own life. “He finds a way to tell a personal story,” Jackson said.

Jaylon Siler, 13, said he appreciated that Scott was strict but gave his students certain freedoms. If schoolwork was complete, Siler said, students were allowed to play on the computer.

Siler also enjoyed that Scott would jokingly threaten to throw staplers and erasers at students who were misbehaving in class.

Brandy Mudd, 12, said Scott’s horse-riding farewell was both “sad and funny.”

“He treated us like grown-ups,” a teary-eyed Hannah Tilson said.

Caldwell said she enjoyed that Scott would start every school day by playing music for his students. Sometimes, she said, the music selection would be Jimmy Hendrix; other times it was the soundtrack to the movie “Hope Floats.”

After signing each other’s polo shirt uniforms, students in Scott’s class exchanged stories about their teacher.

Inevitably, some cried and others giggled at them, but they all held the same reverence for the veteran educator.

“I don’t want him to leave,” 12-year-old Emily Harvey said in heaving, dramatic sobs. “He’s awesome. He was the best teacher I had.”

Contact Brandi Watters: 640-4847, brandi.watters@heraldbulletin.com

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