As an English teacher at Homestead High School, Scott Hill believes that the best teachers are made through careful reflective attention to the failures and successes that happen in every class period of every day. Scott approaches his planning and instructional techniques using innovative, student-centered methods. He has a talent for making his lessons valuable to his students by calling on his own experiences, sharing his wit, and making personal connections with his students. Scott inspires students to think with the depth, complexity, and rigor some secondary teachers believe is only achievable at the college level. Scott proposed and developed a Film Literature course to introduce the practice of creatively reading the world at large. This one-semester course spurs tremendous growth in students’ powers of expression, their sense of authority, and their ability to pay attention to the world around them. Scott’s goal is to fill his students’ daily experience with routines that create personal, surprising engagements with language. With "audio selfies," he and his students record themselves reading drafts of their work to hear how it sounds to an audience. Scott consistently provides opportunities for students that help them learn how to think and grow, not only as English students but also as human beings and community members.
"I think, probably one of the most important things you can bring to the classroom is the sense that you are as curious about their subject as you want them to be."