Scott first visited the Sauvie Island Center as a parent chaperone on a field trip with his daughter. He said, “By the end of the day I was in love with the place, the mission, and the people that make SIC work.” Scott has volunteered with SIC since spring 2014. Scott brings so much creativity and enthusiasm to his teaching, and is always thinking of new ways to help students connect with nature and get excited about learning. When not volunteering at SIC, Scott is a stay-at-home dad with three kids, and enjoys working on his house, cycling, and hiking.
Share one thing you’ve learned from teaching at SIC:
“Teaching at SIC has certainly taught me something about classroom management and how to work with kids more effectively. The students appreciate it when you attempt to connect with them individually, usually simple things like remembering their name or asking them about their lives or interests. I think they also enjoy learning through discovery. Touching a worm or tasting a new vegetable engages both students and teachers in a more complete way that a lecture or slide show can’t.”
What is your favorite thing about volunteering at SIC?
“Working with the staff and volunteers there has been a highlight as has hearing some of the fresh and unfiltered impressions the students share about things I had considered mundane. I can’t leave out the bird life: the hawks and eagles, herons and turkey vultures, but especially the swallows and the sandhill cranes. Spending time in such a beautiful place while doing something meaningful beats the most expensive therapy out there!”