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My name is Scott McFarland and I am a 6th grade teacher here at Clarke Schools. I have many interests. I love playing the guitar and banjo. I am not a great musician, but I enjoy finger picking. I love reading fantasy and sci-fi novels. I love Bradbury, Tolkien, Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke. Mary Stewart’s The Hollow Hills, The Crystal Cave, and The Last Enchantment are special favorites. I have a collection of Marvel comics that I work on from time to time. I love and adore my wife, children, grandchildren, obviously. And I am very passionate about them. But aside from my family, what I am most passionate about is the teaching profession.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire” - William Butler Yeats
I get excited about teaching kids. Especially the hundreds of students that I have taught over the past several years. As a self-contained classroom teacher I have loved having total control over their classroom environment, the books we have read, the units in science and social studies we have studied together, the math exercises we have struggled through and triumphed over. I feel that teaching across the curriculum has afforded me the opportunity to pull all the aspects of their learning together in a way that just couldn’t be duplicated by any other means. I think about all the cooperative learning groups over the years. All the projects that my students have created to display their understanding of the concepts that were taught. But mostly my mind turns to the students themselves. I feel as though I have been preparing them for life, and not just for a career or job. I tried to impart a desire to learn, a joy for reading, and a real sense of the story in history. Those students have helped me to grow as a person and as a professional over the years. I grew along with them.