TEACHER PARTNER: RITA SCOTT
My name is Rita Scott. Working at Brent in the field of education is quite a career change for me, but one that has provided incredible personal rewards from helping to shape the lives of children by equipping them with fundamental academic and social skills to pave the way for a lifetime of learning. It’s truly a joy to come to Brent and be welcomed by smiles and laughter from such promising students. This is my third year teaching reading to small groups of students in the BURST intervention program. I work with students in grades K-3 and generally focus on improving phonetic awareness and reading fluency through a variety of methods including “staged” readings of plays through the BURST Reader’s Theater. If you peek into my classroom you may see my students wearing costumes depicting characters (such as Greek gods, dinosaurs, courtroom judges or princesses) from plays or speaking through microphone props as they read a “teleprompter” to simulate live news broadcasts. At the beginning, middle and end of the school year I also conduct assessments in reading for students in grades K-5 to identify skill areas needing improvement and progress they’ve made during the year. Another project I’m excited about is helping to organize our School Spelling Bee. This year, through the Brent Spelling Club, I’m really looking forward to preparing our students to become truly tough competitors among the best spellers in the DC area. Though I am a native Washingtonian, I’ve spent many years away working in the corporate sector in New York City and Tokyo. I have a BA from Tufts University and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. For fun and relaxation I enjoy spending time with my family and friends here in DC and in New York, and I love traveling the world, Thai food, the performing arts and arranging flowers.