17 May 2016
Scruggs, who teaches 6th grade language arts at Fluvanna Middle School, is a graduate of Longwood College and the University of Virginia, and has worked for the school system for 20 years, including 11 years as a teacher.
One of the reasons that Scruggs was chosen for this honor is her commitment to continuing education. “She always wants to improve her craft,” said Fluvanna Middle School Principal Brad Stang. “She is very involved with the entire language arts department and professional development, and what she learns, she shares,” he added.
Scruggs serves as a member of the leadership team and the Positive Behavior Supports Committee at Fluvanna Middle School. She also has taken on the role of collaborative team member, the only 6th grade language arts general education teacher to work with all collaborative classes along with her special education teaching partner.
Scruggs, who calls the award “very humbling,” is focused on what she can do for her students. “I always want to find better ways to do it,” Scruggs said of her passion for continuing education. “It is not hard to teach the kids who have everything they need, but it is so hard to figure out how to help the kids who need the help the most,” she explained. “I want to do it better for them.”
Teaching reading can be hard, according to Scruggs. “I’m not teaching them knowledge, I am teaching them how to do something that is so nebulous. Readers are thinkers,” she asserted, “and that is what I want for them. I want them to come away from this class with something that can never be taken away from them.”
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