Samuel Staples Elementary School celebrates teacher of the year Darcy Scholz as she celebrates her 20th anniversary at the SSES! Scholz says, “I have loved every minute here in Easton.”
The popular educator lives in Monroe with husband Eric and their three children, Caroline 16, Matthew 12 and Sara 7. She is also a peer practice coach and serves as a mentor/coach to her colleagues.
Below is her submission when she was nominated for teacher of the year.
“I think Mrs. Scholz believes that every child learns differently, but we are all brilliant. She helps us do our best.” When I presented my class with the question, “What is Mrs. Scholz’s philosophy of teaching?” this was one of the responses, and to me, this is my philosophy in a nutshell. In my core, I feel that all children can learn, and what a bonus if they feel they are brilliant along the way! Children learn best when they can work at their level. Some children need to be enriched, some children need reinforcement. Every child needs the opportunity to believe in his or her own brilliance. It is a win-win for all.
Another student said, “Mrs. Scholz knows we can get through anything because she believes in us. She knows what is best for us.” When my students know I will back them and support them both in and out of school, they are apt to take more risks and be willing to work through any challenge, no matter how difficult. “Mrs. Scholz will never give up on us!” This quote came from a student who struggles in school, but perseveres, every day.
I also believe that the power of the parent-teacher team is vital. Clear and frequent communication makes the student know we are all on the same side and makes him/her feel more comfortable coming to school. The positive parent-teacher dynamic that results from this team approach bonds us all together academically and socially.
One of the most important parts of teaching is to have fun. I think my students should find elementary school joyful, and I should also celebrate the joy of working with children every day. A student said, “I think that Mrs. Scholz wants us to have fun when we are learning! Making things fun is the key to learning new things. I think she believes the teacher learns as much as the students do!”
I have been so lucky to be a teacher at Staples for 20 years. My gratitude for my job at our unique school has helped me to add a new important piece to my philosophy in recent years – giving back to the Staples community. It is very important to me to not only help my students, but to be there for my colleagues. Whether I help with academics, social issues or building morale, I want my colleagues to know I am there as a resource in whatever area they may need. My peer practice coach role has been the perfect opportunity to support the staff I care about.
The following is a passage that I wrote and read at our end of year awards assembly. “An elementary classroom environment is one of the most unique places on earth. It is here where every emotion under the sun is experienced almost every day. Together, we have experienced the thrills of understanding a difficult concept, and the frustration of when the material is too hard. We have felt pride when we “finally get it!” We have felt admiration and friendship for our classmates. I would even say “love,” but the children would be furious with me! We have learned to get along, protect each other, and fight like siblings do. We live together day in and day out and work so hard to become better academically and socially. We encourage and help each other to be the best we can be.I certainly cannot forget to mention all the laughs we have shared! And all of this occurs daily! It is because of these daily events that we have come to see each other as a second family.It is because of all of this that I am very attached to your children, and we are very attached to each other.”
This perfectly describes my classroom environment, which is a reflection of my philosophy of teaching.The life lessons that I have learned from my students are invaluable and I am so grateful to be in this beautiful profession.
Congratulations Mrs. Scholz!