by Nancy Cawley Zugschwert
As one of Northwestern’s first elementary education graduates, Maralee (Cory ’83) Scott is now pioneering another territory with NASA. Scott was one of 51 teachers across the nation selected to join the NASA Endeavor Science Fellowship Program for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Scott, who teaches sixth grade and is the science team leader for Meridian Middle School in Buffalo Grove, Ill., has been interacting with other fellows in the program since January. They meet monthly via NASA satellite for interactive high-tech conferences and collaborate on discussion boards in between live classes.
Scott recognizes great value in this program for her students and beyond, and noted, “Ultimately, the STEM certificate will lead me into more staff development opportunities for my colleagues and entire district.”
Shaped by excellence
A veteran teacher who holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, she looks back on her training at NWC as essential to her success as an educator. “My education was shaped by two exceptional instructors,” she recalled. “The first, Dr. Grace Lund, set up the original elementary education program. She implemented some innovative ideas that gave us advantages in the marketplace.” Beyond the program structure, Scott is grateful for the personal guidance she received. “The second instructor was Donna Samelian. I was so inspired by her example and fortunate to have her as an advisor and professor.
“Bringing out the heart and soul of each child gives me tremendous joy,” said Scott of the benefits of a career in education. When asked for advice for young teachers, she shared, “Build a relationship/connection with each child. Remember to respond rather than react. Pray for each child. Pray that you will be the best possible teacher you can be for each child. Be flexible.”
Scott is married to Mike Scott ’84 and is the daughter of NWC alumni Allen ’56 and Lois (Keese ’50) Cory.