I Am West Georgia
Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott, Ph.D.
Job title: Assistant Professor.
What I really do: Meet with colleagues to discuss what can be done to make the educational experience for students at UWG meaningful; advise students on what course to take; and teach students the fundamentals of special education. While teaching, I infuse multiculturalism as well as real life situations as a means to prepare them for the students that they will teach. I teach them in a way that their learning goes beyond the textbook.
Years at UWG: 5 years (since in 2006).
Before UWG, I: Taught middle school students with mild mental retardation, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and emotional disturbances. I was also a director/principal of a charter school as well as a superintendent of charter school, both in Ohio.
One thing I would change about UWG: Increase the number of minority faculty members, specifically African-American and Latino faculty members employed at the university.
I was born in: Columbus, Ohio.
Family: Husband – Charles Scott; Daughter – Camille Trotman; Bonus Daughters – Tayla and Charlean Scott; Son – Chase ( our 4- month-old Shih Tzu).
People describe me as: Determined, focused and outspoken.
Most colleagues don’t know that: I am on the Praise and Worship team at my church and I write plays and choreograph dances for the children and youth at my church. They also don’t know that I was a scholarship athlete who used to run track for the Ohio State University.
Favorite things to do: Relaxing and spending time with family, which most of the time is in non-traditional ways (i.e., track meets, volleyball games, traveling to and from places).
Favorite quote: The biggest room is the room for improvement
Proudest accomplishment so far: True relationship with Christ and my family.
Pet peeve: People who are not honest!
Best advice ever received: Always work toward something. Let nothing you do be for naught.
Best advice for new faculty and staff: File and save any and everything that you may think you will need for your dossier. Also, do not hesitate to ask for help.
What I most want to contribute to students: Insight! I want students to be prepared for the culturally diverse students/families that they will teach and with whom they will collaborate.
The book everyone should read:“Hope in the Unseen” by Ron Suskind, and “All God’s Children” by Fox Butterfield. Both of these books provide the reader with information on how much the environment can affect academic outcomes. It also reminds us that brilliance can be found anywhere!
The movie everyone should watch: “Imitation of Life.” This movie is absolutely awesome. It tells the story of a black girl who successfully passed as white (on numerous occasions). It allows one to see the opportunities that were afforded to her when people thought she was white and how she was treated when the truth was realized. It is an excellent movie to watch before (or after) discussing racial identity.
The person, dead or alive, I’d most like to meet: Mary McCleod Bethune. She was able to start a school with very little resources. I am interested in starting a school for students who want to succeed, but need the proper direction to do so. I don’t have much money, but I have passion and I am sure that Mary McCleod Bethune could give me wonderful advice.
The place I’d love to travel to where I haven’t been yet: Africa.
Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: I believe that everyone should be able to have access to whatever they need to be successful. Often times, students fail because their parents do not have the means to get them the help they need to do well in school. Sometimes, all it takes is a little one-on-one time with someone who can teach students effective strategies. If students learn the strategies and have time to practice the strategies with immediate feedback, they will become comfortable with implementing the strategies in school and at home.
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