Metter High School teacher Scott Waters received the $10,000 Ben G. Bowen Teacher of the Year award during the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet on Tuesday evening.
Waters is in his 14th year of teaching and seventh year at Metter High School. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Special Education from Georgia Southern University and his Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership from Valdosta State University.
“I love teaching students with disabilities and feel that this is God’s calling on my life,” he said. “Additionally, I have a great family. My wife Becky teaches ESOL at Metter Elementary, my daughter Aubrey is in the 8th grade at MMS and my son Cason is in the 3rd grade at MES. I feel one of my most important responsibilities as a high school teacher is to prepare my students for life after high school. Teaching in the Social Studies department gives me the ability to do this. Whether it’s about economics or US History, I feel that the students can learn a new perspective about something that will one day pay off after they graduate.”
“‘A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others.’ This quote reminds me of Scott Waters as he is well-deserving in being awarded MHS ‘Teacher of the Year,’” said MHS Principal Ellis Strobridge. “Mr. Waters was chosen from a selection committee based upon the criteria of making a difference in the lives of the students he teaches.
“Scott really does make a difference as is evident in our Economics state assessment scores being the highest in the state. He plans for teaching and learning daily, engages students in rigorous work, and makes learning fun. One of the committee members stated that he is passionate about his subject area and that he has a genuine heart and love for his students.”