This Thursday evening, April 10, at Pinecrest Country Club, students from each campus of the Longview Independent School District (LISD) will share the spotlight with an extraordinary educator during the LISD Foundation’s 2014 Lamplighter Awards Banquet. Students are asked to write an essay about one teacher or staff member who has touched their life and made a positive impact on their success. Through this event, the foundation will raise funds for educational projects and activities that will augment educational opportunities for all LISD students.
During the Lamplighter Awards Banquet the foundation will present retired educator, Madolyn Clark Scott, with the 12th annual Cornerstone Award. This award honors a retired employee who has been instrumental in the tradition of success at LISD.
In her retirement, Ms. Scott is continuing her service to the LISD as a board member for the foundation. She is also a member of the Longview Unit of the Texas Retired Teachers Association, the NAACP Educational Committee, and the international service organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Ms. Scott is the publicity and program chair of the Temple Terrace Crime Watch Committee, is a greeter and facilitator for the food pantry, serves on the Cultural Activities Advisory Commission for the city, and is a deputy voter registrar for Gregg County.
“I view volunteerism as the giving of one’s time, ideas, energy, and support to educate and help people in the community without the expectation of receiving any financial rewards,” Ms. Scott said.
Born in Marshall, Texas, Ms. Scott has been a member of the Longview community for 34 years. She graduated from H. B. Pemberton High School in Marshall, received her bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington D. C., and earned her master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Ms. Scott taught in the Detroit, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California school systems, and had a 29-year teaching career in Longview. She considers herself a “spare volunteer,” willing to help on a short-term basis when called upon to return to the classroom.
“Being a volunteer allows me to express my love of people and be true to my passion to help and educate them by promoting success for their lives,” Ms. Scott said. “It is a blessing for me to see them excel in their endeavors. It is my intention and hope that my actions have an impact on their lives, allowing them to pay it forward in their service to others.”