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.
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.
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