For the love of teaching |

For the love of teaching

Lauren Glendenning
vail co colorado
Susan Scott is proud of her community service projects at Eagle Valley High School. Scott, who has taught at the school since 1980, said 160 students have put in volunteer hours around the valley so far this year.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Susan Scott knew she wanted to be a teacher since she was in the first grade.

Scott has been teaching at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum, Colorado, since 1980, and retirement is nowhere near her immediate future.

Scott has become a part of Eagle Valley High School ” people know her, love her and respect her.

“She is one of a kind,” said Mark Strakbein, Eagle Valley High School principal.

From a health-education teacher to the prom, community-service and school-to-work coordinator, Scott wears many hats at school each day. She plays a different role each period of the day, and she thrives on it.

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“Every morning, I wake up and say, ‘Great, I get to go and be with the kids today,'” she said. “Teaching is really my passion.”

Another passion she has is giving back to the community. She sought out the role of community-service coordinator because she saw that a lot of the same students were really involved in volunteering, while others took a back seat.

She began going around the school, classroom by classroom, asking for student volunteers when community-service events would come up. Some students needed a little nudge, she said, “but after they’ve been giving back, they’re really starting to see the value.”

Scott is proud to say that 160 students have already put in community-service hours this year, but she humbly thanks all of the people who help her along the way. The town of Gypsum and Gypsum Mayor Steve Carver donate money for Scott’s community-service scholarship ” she gives away three $1,000 scholarships every year because of those donations, she said.

Nonprofits, local businesses and other teachers and staff at the school all help her make a difference, she said.

“You can’t get kids involved without that support,” she said.

Strakbein said Scott truly believes in her students. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to help them succeed in school and in life, and her energy at school proves it.

“Susan has been committed to the Eagle Valley High School community for 30 years and has the same energy today as the first day she started,” Strakbein said. “The Susan Scotts of the world don’t come around every day.”

As for retirement, Scott chuckles when the word is even mentioned.

“When there comes a time when I feel like I’m not giving anything to the kids or making a difference, it will be time to leave,” she said. “I hope that’s many, many years from now.”

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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