“I’m going to miss having fun with the children, and coaching them, and just interacting with them,” Mr. Scott told The Standard. “We are very close, very respectful, and I’m going to miss our respectful group. I’m also going to miss the close staff. We have been together, many of us, for 15 years or more, so we are very close.”
Before he started teaching at Prince Albert P.S., Mr. Scott spent 10 years working at Epsom Public School.
“I’ve been pretty fortunate to work at small rural schools, where you get to know everybody and every family. That’s been pretty special,” Mr. Scott said.
He added that his fondest memory of his time working at Epsom P.S. was helping to build a competitive sports program there.
“We had no gym at Epsom but I started a really good sports program and actually got to the final four of all Durham twice,” he said. “Getting to the final four at a small school is quite the accomplishment, when there is 110 schools in Durham.”
Mr. Scott has been heavily involved in the sports scene at Prince Albert P.S., coaching their soccer, volleyball, baseball, basketball, badminton, ultimate frisbee and dodgeball teams.
“What has made Rob an exceptional teacher here is he gets involved with the kids, he’s number one for the kids, he does everything for the kids. He’s always saying, ‘it’s all about the kids,” Mrs. Kimber Tessier, a teacher at Prince Albert P.S., said. “He runs every extra curricular there is, every sports team there is, and he is a good social convener for the staff as well.”
Mr. Scott said one of the things he is proud of is how Prince Albert P.S. has had a good leadership program that has helped their students become successful in the real world. He also wanted to thank all of his students for their respect over the years and to thank all of the parents for their support.
To celebrate Mr. Scott’s retirement, Prince Albert P.S. will be holding a dodgeball tournament at the school, on Thursday, Jan. 26th, in the afternoon. Following the tournament, people are invited to a celebration at Old Flame Brewery in Port Perry, starting at 4:30 p.m.