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Teacher puts in extra time to help student with cancer

November 20, 2006

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Sunflower School kindergarten teacher Nancy Scott isn't comfortable being in the spotlight.

But this month when she was named Sunflower Bank's Teacher of the Month, she was humbled.

"I teach kindergarten just in the morning: four hours a day, five days a week, 21 kindergartners," Scott said.

It adds up to time that Scott truly loves.

"You know, they're great fun. They really are," said Scott, who has been teaching in Lawrence schools for 10 years. "There are days when you don't want to go to work, and then you come and you see their little faces walk in and it always makes me glad to be here."

One student in particular sticks out in Scott's mind: Christian Faulkner, a kindergartner who was in her class last year at Sunflower, 2521 Inverness Drive. Christian hadn't been feeling well for months when, the day after Thanksgiving 2005, "They did X-rays and found the cancer, a tumor in his chest, and it went from shoulder to shoulder and from midchest up."

While Christian spent months in the hospital and recovering at home, Scott made sure he was involved in school.

"I did try to go to Children's Mercy (Hospital) whenever I could and then go by the house and visit with the family," Scott said. "He was very, very weak most of the time and not able to do a lot. But I just continued to take papers, anything that we worked on so that he could feel like he was still a part of a normal routine."

Nancy Scott, a kindergarten teacher at Sunflower Elementary, leads class on Friday.  Scott received the Sunflower Bank Teacher of the Month for November for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Nancy Scott, a kindergarten teacher at Sunflower Elementary, leads class on Friday. Scott received the Sunflower Bank Teacher of the Month for November for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Scott remains close with Christian's family. And he's back in her classroom this year, feeling better than ever.

"She's gone far beyond the duty of a teacher," said Amanda Faulkner, Christian's mother. "We're probably going to cry next year when he has to get a new teacher."

Faulkner appreciated Scott's efforts to ensure that Christian remained part of the class.

"She cried right there along with us," Faulkner said. "She put her arms around us, and she's just gone out of her way to include him in school, making sure he's invited to little parties, Valentine's Day parties, things like that."

Scott said working with children reminds her of what's really important in life. But her experience with Christian has made those thoughts even more poignant.

"You know, day-by-day, you just never know," she said.

Christian's family nominated Scott for the Sunflower Bank teacher award.

Comments

introversion 8 years, 1 month ago

It's a shame that all the usual bickerers and critics on this site don't post notes of recognition and appreciation for a woman so great as this.

Marcy McGuffie 8 years, 1 month ago

When I taught reading, my classroom was right next to hers. Nancy's a great teacher - cares very much about her students. She deserves this recognition!

gwjayhawk 8 years, 1 month ago

This is awesome...I really hope that when I'm a teacher, I can live up to these standards.

Hats off to her!

prioress 8 years, 1 month ago

Many teachers are saints who do not get credit for what they do every day. This is just another example of the good work many of them do.

CindiCat 8 years, 1 month ago

Congrats to Nancy Scott for giving 110% to this young boy. God bless you!!!

Kathy Getto 8 years, 1 month ago

Prioress, you are so correct! People fail to realize what a school family is all about, and how many of those "saints" are out there teaching our children.

Katara 8 years, 1 month ago

What a wonderful and caring teacher! And I'm sure this is not the only teacher who does something along these lines as well.

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