Brunswick Co. teacher prepares for trip of a lifetime
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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) -- A Brunswick County teacher is preparing for the trip of a lifetime.

Her students say she's made a difference in their lives, and now, thanks to a program at UNCW, this social studies teacher will travel to Africa in a quest to help kids there as well.

"I'm really excited about what I can offer those children and how I can inspire them," Matilda Scott said.

Her village school in Africa will be a far cry from the walls at Shallotte Middle School.

"I'm going to miss the enthusiasm, the hard work, the togetherness," Scott said. "They've built a sisterhood, and I'm glad I was a part of that."

In addition to teaching social studies, Scott is the girls' soccer coach, and she hopes to take the same lesson she shared with these girls to children across the globe.

"My positive attitude that the world can make a difference in lives of many people around the world," she said.

During her five-and-a-half week trip, Scott will keep in touch with her class through Skype lectures.

The community donations helped pay for the trip, and her team is joining the mission, too. Soccer player Hope Simmons launched "Hope for Africa" to collect cleats for Scott to take to the kids.

"I hope they learn responsibility and discipline, because that's what you need to play soccer, and if you don't have that you can't go far," Simmons said.

If you recognize Mrs. Scott she was one of WWAY's Teacher of the Week last spring.

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As a social studies teacher, I can say that there is no doubt this will help her as a teacher and help her students. I have been to the Middle East, and Central America to teach and learn. Those trips, combined with my education from UNCW, were an enormous help to me and my students in the exploration of social studies.

Social studies seems to be a forgotten subject in middle schools, but it is vital in a child's educational development.

Having a teacher with first hand experience in the countries she will be teaching her students about is a huge asset for the teacher and the students.

I don't think it is right for her to be doing this in the middle of a school year. Unless she has the sick leave and vacation time accrued, I surely hope that the taxpayers are not paying her salary for the time that she is gone.

I don't understand why some people have such a problem with this. Do you know who pays for a teacher's substitute while they are away? The teacher does. This trip will be beneficial to her students and help her be a better teacher. Everything is not a government conspiracy to bilk you out of your precious tax dollars.

I always like hearing the opinions of others, but it drives me nuts when people like the ones posting here cry about tax dollars being spent to educate or grow teachers. We are tax payers too! Just because we work for the state does not mean we are income, sales, gas, etc tax exempt. Our teachers need experiences like this to make us competitive in the world again.

I think she's setting a great example for her students. Go Mrs. Scott!

HELP THE KIDS HERE FIRST. PUT OUR MONEY BACK INTO THE COMMUNITY FIRST. WE PAY THE TAXES FOR IT6.

Obviously, not enough taxes were allocated for typing and English classes when you were in school. You are barking up the wrong tree, bubba. Call your congressman and other politicians regarding the misappropriation of tax funds. The article clearly states that Mrs. Scott's trip to Africa was funded by donations from the community. I happen to know she is also paying for this trip with her own money, too. Seeing as how little teachers get paid, I think that says a lot about Mrs. Scott's integrity and passion for helping others.

The article says the trip is funded by donations and a private fundraiser. You taxes are being put back in the community. Complain and moan to your political leaders about their allocation of money. I'd bet my life that your sorry arse hasn't done anything for anyone, so shut up or put up.

WOW...Really?....Why do you think they chose her to go in the first place? (ANSWER..Duh!!)...Because of what she is doing here!! I personally know this woman and understand that she wants to help every child. Maybe even yours(I can only hope there is not another one of you!) GET OVER IT!! Its only for a couple of weeks. Find something else to complain about!!