We Congratulate Scot Arnold!
Rehobeth Elementary School
“If students know that you truly care about them and their future, they work hard to not disappoint you.”
Scot Arnold teaches fifth grade math, science and history at Rehobeth Elementary School. He’s been teaching for 22 years, but his decision dates back even further.
“I lost my dad when I was 13 and wanted to do something where I could be a positive influence on young men.”
Connie Hill says Mr. Arnold is doing just that for her son.
“He really cares for the kids,” she says. “[He] makes sure they understand. My son has ADHD, and he’s so patient with him.”
“I show them how much I love them and stay on them about how what they do today will affect their tomorrow,” Arnold says.
Arnold says seeing his students succeed is the most rewarding part of his job, and having a former student or parent come back and tell him the positive ways he influenced their lives keeps him motivated.
“I hope at the end of the year I have helped prepare them for sixth grade, but more importantly, I hope I have prepared them for life as a productive citizen and person. I try to teach them how to interact with people, be problem solvers, and have a love for life-long learning.”
In more than two decades of teaching, Arnold says he doesn’t have one particular favorite moment, but he has had several students and parents share their successes with him.
“I had a mom of a former student come up to the school when her son was a senior in high school and give me the biggest bear hug and a card. She said that if not for me identifying her son with having special needs and getting him help, he would not be graduating. That was pretty awesome!”
Once at a drive-thru, a former student asked if he remembered her. Arnold did and asked what she was doing now.
“She told me that she was in her first semester of med school, and that the extra help I gave her even after she left my class was one of the reasons she felt confident enough to pursue a career as a doctor.”
At the end of the day, Arnold says “test scores are not the end goal. They are just a number assigned to a particular assignment on a certain day. It is not who that student is or necessarily a reflection of what they know. What kind of person I help them become is so much more important!”
Scot Arnold received his bachelor’s in elementary education from Troy University-Dothan. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children: Bruce (14) and Emily (12).