August 12, 2013

New admins ready for school

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Aug. 20 will be the first day of school for two new school administrators — Mark Scholes and Tim Scott.

Scholes is the new assistant principal at Oskaloosa Middle School and Scott is the new assistant principal at Oskaloosa High School.

Both administrators are eager for the school year to begin. Although they have worked in different school districts, they feel at home in Oskaloosa.

“I taught at Albia Junior High and High School, but I lived here,” Scholes said. Scholes said he taught for seven years in Albia where he was the Project Lead the Way instructor in the junior high and was a high school government teacher. He also was the girls tennis coach.

Scholes earned his masters in education administration from Iowa State University in 2011.

Scholes, a native of Illinois, said his first teaching job was in an inner city Chicago school. Then, he taught at the Wheaton-Warrenville School District in Illinois before coming to Iowa.

As assistant principal, Scholes said he has many duties.

“I'll be covering supervision and conduct, and Special Education,” he said. “I'll be working predominantly with students. I'll work with staff too.”

Scholes, 34, is married; he and his wife, Heidi, have four boys.

“I have an infield,” he quipped. Two sons are in elementary school, one is in middle school and one is in high school, he added.

“It's been great. The district has been great for my kids,” he said.

“It's going to be a good year,” Scholes said.

When he's not in the office, Scholes says he has many hobbies.

“I like to play golf and I'm a football fan. I love baseball as well. I like history. I like going to museums. I'm a big movie guy,” he said.

Before coming to Oskaloosa High School, Scott spent two years in Northwest Iowa.

“I was at River Valley in Correctionville,” he said.

Before that, Scott spent 13 years in Newton.

“I know the area and I know the conference very well,” he said.

Scott has a lot of managerial experience in his background.

“I was 7-12 principal and the AD. I did it all,” he said. “I've done a lot of the paperwork a principal does. It helped me organize my schedule; prioritize.”

Scott is a native of Cherokee in Northwest Iowa. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993 with a BA in history with education. He earned a master's degree from Viterbo University in 2002 and a masters from Iowa State University in 2008.

Scott said his duties at the high school will include attendance, discipline and other duties.

“Help out the principal any way I can,” he said.

Scott, 42, is married and his wife is Jennifer. He has three step children.

When he is not in the office, Scott likes to read, ride his motorcycle, workout and watch movies, and listen to music.

“I'm very excited for the year to start,” he said. “I'm impressed with Oskaloosa.”

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com