Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter

Middle School Social Studies Teacher


St. Louis Public School District

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Graduated high school.
Went to college not knowing what I wanted to do.
Stopped going to college to pursue a business career.
Realized that I wanted a career having a positive impact and allowed me more family time.
Went back to school and completed my secondary education degree.
Pursued my career as an educator and realized this is what I should have done back at step #2.

Education

High School
Deer Valley High School
Bachelor
Secondary Education and Teaching
Arizona State University

Career

Middle School Social Studies Teacher

I teach middle school social studies to refugees and immigrants for St. Louis Public Schools.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Politics
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

A great day at my job involves seeing my students not only grasping the social studies concepts I am teaching them, but also developing a greater English language acquisition. It is also fulfilling to hear their stories and be a part of them feeling safe.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

A positive attitude and a great deal of patience are needed in education.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Determine if you have the right mind-set and personality to be a good teacher. Talk to your teachers, the really good ones, and ask them to honestly tell you whether they think you would make a good teacher.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Secondary Education and Teaching

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You need to become a lawyer or a doctor because you are a gifted student and you need to take advantage of that."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student