Sonya Scott of Mary G. Montgomery High School has been named the Outstanding High School Science Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Science Teachers Association.
“To have other people from all over the state review my application, teaching philosophy, and recommendations and then finally declare me the Outstanding High School Science Teacher of the Year, it is truly an honor and is quite overwhelming,” Scott said of the honor. “Like most teachers, I spend many, many hours of my personal time preparing, grading, evaluating, and self-assessing so my students can be successful in my classroom. Often teachers are not recognized for their dedication and willingness to go beyond the bare minimum, so my heart is filled with joy and gratitude for receiving an award like this.”
Scott, who also serves as a sponsor for BEST robotics, Scholars’ Bowl and SECME, said she was particularly touched by a letter of recommendation written by one of her former students, Daniel Cook, now a student at Spring Hill College.
Stephanie LeGrone, MCPSS science supervisor, said Scott’s ability to engage with her students is evident as soon as one walks into her classroom.
“Ms. Scott is consistently focusing on hands-on, inquiry based instruction that dives deep into the standards, not just hovering at the surface,” LeGrone said. “Her students leave her knowing chemistry and professors at the local colleges have also commented how her students are truly prepared for their class. Not only does Ms. Scott go above and beyond in the classroom as a teacher, she also cares deeply for her students and helps in several ways throughout the school.
“Ms. Scott is truly deserving as ASTA’s Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year.”