GRAND PRAIRIE—There's one word that best describes Bart Scott's 6th grade science class. Fun.
"When I got into teaching, I made a promise to myself that I was going to teach in a way that was totally different," says Scott.
He teaches at Truman Middle School in Grand Prairie, and yes, his methods are different. The day we visited students were working on edible labs. The 11 and 12 year olds made cells with snacks, like Oreos, Junior Mints, M & Ms, and Twillers .
"When you engage kids with food or with humor or with magic, you're making a connections in their brain that are not normal. It helps them learn, and it's fun," explains Scott.
Education is a second career for Scott. Five years ago he left a job in software for the classroom. Teaching comes naturally to him. When he's not at Truman Middle School, you can find Scott teaching at the Fort Worth Zoo. He also teaches PreK Bible school at 1st United Methodist, and if his plate wasn't full enough on weekends he's a clown and a magician for parties.
"It's been a great thing for me. I would never change any decision I've made."
Two students nominated Scott for The 33's Class Act. They say he's made learning a memorable experience.
"I really thought he deserved it. He is incredibly dedicated to working with us," says 12-year-old Teara Short. "He's always very kind, and he makes learning fun," says 11-year-old Heather Loesch.
Scott tells us at the end of the day teaching is about the kids.
"It's easy to be a good teacher when you have great kids, and these are really great kids."