Heffley chosen as science department teacher of year nominee


Photo by: Nichole Darbey

Soccer coach and science teacher Scott Heffley instructs his students in a lesson on Tuesday.

Biology teacher and head boys soccer coach, Scott Heffley was nominated for the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year award.

“I was a little surprised when I found out I was nominated,” Heffley said. “Especially because the science department is a big department and we have a lot of fantastic teachers that I admire.”

Since the science department is one of the largest academic departments in the school, choosing a teacher was a challenge.

“I have a lot of esteem from a lot of the colleagues that I work with in the science department,” Heffley said. “I felt like there were a lot of teachers that were more deserving than I for this award.”

Being a good teacher doesn’t mean never giving homework, though.

“I think I come in and try to be professional every single day,” Heffley said. “I generally want to be good at my profession so I think I try to honor all the responsibilities of my job. I care about my students and I want them to be successful and hopefully my colleagues recognize that.”

Unlike most teachers here at Denton High, Heffley knows first hand the struggles of being a student here.

“When I got to Denton High school as a kid, l really felt comfortable,” Heffley said. “A lot of things changed. Not just maturity, but I made a lot of friends and got more involved.”

As a student, Heffley never thought about being a biology teacher; until he he began taking classes with his best friend going into pre-med.

I jumped at the chance to teach at Denton High because I love the school. I feel like it’s a part of me and I think it’s the best school in the state,”

— Coach Scott Heffley

“Mainly, I just had a real interest in the subject,” Heffley said. “The study of living things, I find fascinating. Getting the opportunity to share my passion for the topic with the other students and getting paid to do it is a dream come true.”

There’s something extra fulfilling about teaching at the high school you went to.

“Teaching at Denton High feels like being at home,” Heffley said. “I jumped at the chance to teach at DHS because I love the school. I feel like it’s a part of me and I think it’s the best school in the state.”

Coach Heffley is freshman, Gracyn Brewington’s favorite teacher.

“I like the way that he doesn’t constantly remind us to do our work,” Brewington said. “It shows us that turning things in is our responsibility, not his.”

As a student, knowing that you have an obligation to get your work done by yourself is very motivating.

“It’s nice to be treated like an adult in classes,” Brewington said. “If we’re treated like one we’ll act like one and coach Heffley executes that.”