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By Gabby Delpleash

Adding one more year to his dynasty, New math teacher Scott Poertner is excited to carry on his legacy in his 30th year of teaching.

Scott Poertner, Mathematics

JagWire: First, tell us a little about yourself.

Scott Poertner: “My name is Scott Poertner…this is my  33rd year in the education field 30th year teaching. I taught 1 year at Waynesville HS  (Math/Chemistry) and started their soccer program then I spent 3 years as the head coach of the men’s soccer team at Missouri Southern State University and then for the past 28 years I have been teaching and coaching at Blue Springs South High School (Chemistry/Math). I am married and have 3 kids…My wife is an accountant, my son is a second year dental student at UMKC, and I have twin daughters they are sophomores at the University of Central Missouri where they play soccer and are majoring…one in nursing and the other studying to be a dietitian and exercise science double major.”

JW: Describe your college experience.

SP: “My college experience was a long time ago…I went to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin MO and studied chemistry, math and physical education.  I also was on the men’s soccer team there.”

JW: Why did you decide to go into teaching?

SP: “My family has many teachers in it and I wanted to coach so it was the perfect fit.  After a while I found that I was in it much more for the teaching than the coaching.”

JW: What do you enjoy about teaching? 

SP: “I enjoy the interaction with the students, their stories, their outlook on different viewpoints, and seeing them experience success.”

JW: What is your experience with teaching high school students?

SP: “I have always taught HS students, I could not see myself teaching anywhere else. I really enjoy doing what I am doing…if I did not enjoy it I would not have continued doing this job.”

JW: What do you want students to know about you?

SP: “That I am excited to be here and have enjoyed this school for the short time I have been here.”

JW: What hobbies do you have? 

SP: “I like to read, spend time with my family, and watch sports.”

JW: What is an interesting fact about yourself?  

SP: “Anything you could call interesting I have included above …I’m just a regular guy that enjoys his job.”

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