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APS Latin Teacher’s Passion For The Language Inspires His Students, Too

By Shelby Lin Erdman  • March 21, 2015

When it comes to Grady High School Latin teacher Scott Allen the consensus seems to be unanimous. Allen is a magister egregious. That’s Latin for “outstanding teacher.”

Grady High School principal Timothy Guiney, believes it is Allen’s background in social work that helps him excel in the classroom, forming bonds with students and encouraging them to study hard.

“He really encompasses the social and emotional learning component of building relationships with his students and knowing that you have to nurture the whole child in order to be an effective teacher,” Guiney said during a recent interview on Allen with Public Broadcasting Atlanta.

He is such a dedicated teacher who says that he is awed by his students’ creativity and original thought

Not only is Scott Allen the Atlanta Public Schools District-Wide 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, he’s also an American Graduate Champion.

While the honor of Teacher of the Year might make Allen an American Graduate Champion, alone, it’s more than that. His infectious teaching style inspires his students to learn a complicated language like Latin and enjoy learning it, too.

“People think of Latin as a boring language, but the way he teaches it and the way he interacts with his students, makes the class a lot more enjoyable then a lot of other classes,” one Grady Latin student told PBA.

“He’s probably the most passionate teacher about any subject that I’ve ever had,” another of Allen’s Latin students said.

amgrad_logo.jpg Allen, a native of Atlanta and the son of two public school teachers, has been teaching at Grady for the past six years.

“Allen loves teaching and hopes his students see and feel his passion for learning,” according to APS’ Talk Up APS web site.

“He is such a dedicated teacher who says that he is awed by his students’ creativity and original thought,” Atlanta Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said on her APS blog before Allen won the top district teacher honor last fall.

PBA's Atlanta Champions


Scott Allen

"He is such a dedicated teacher who says that he is awed by his students’ creativity and original thought."


Mouhammed Bah

"I think education brings more wealth to being successful than any other thing in life."


Travis Brown

"He just does everything he can to insure that when a student comes in his class he’s removed all barriers so that they can truly learn."


Atia Butts

"You always want to have the mindset of succeeding and if you know the people around you are not going down that path then do your best to be nice, be cordial, but distance yourself from those".

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Kim Bearden

"No child should ever be allowed to be invisible in a classroom."

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Barry Blackmon

"I use a lot of different methods and try to mix my own type of gumbo within the classroom, such as discipline and humor."


Meria Carstarphen

"We really want parents to help us get children in school, on time, every single day and that starts with getting up and making sure they can get out of the house on time, into the bus or walking to school."

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Ron Clark

"We’re trying to lift the spirits of our students so they’ll be excited and they’ll be eager to learn."


Megan Gilroy

"Health can still be fun. It doesn’t have to be this drudgery exercise in this terrible thing."


Dave Howland

"Literally every single grade a kid gets in high school has an impact on their future trajectory. So making sure that that’s a big piece, helps them stay on track to graduate."


Kesha Payne

"Every decision you make, keep students first. I say communicate clearly with parents and administrators. I say collaborate effectively with your colleagues and keep students top of mind."


Immanuel Reed

"When I was a kid, being a part of a program like this helped me tremendously, and I think that me doing the same thing for others, giving them chances, giving them the opportunity to make the best decisions, it’s full circle for me."


Dan Sims

"The hope is in the school house and we hold a primary place in inspiring kids to look beyond this time frame."


Amber Stewart

"The success of a student hinges on the teacher that’s standing in front of that classroom and hinges on the school leader that’s running that school."


Darryl Terry

"As a student in one of the most impoverished areas of Atlanta, I’ve always known that education is going to be my only way out."


Stuart Thorn

"We’ve been able to take the graduation rate for this cohort of kids up from probably what would have been in the neighborhood of five to 15 percent up to now above 85 percent."


Dennis Tolliver

"He captures his students’ attention and they hold on to every word that he says because they know what he gives will truly benefit their lives."

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Jayongela Wilder

"There is nothing more rewarding then seeing a kid that you taught graduate from college."