This summer we will get to know nine of our teachers and three administrators as well all enjoy a beautiful summer in West Michigan! Please join us each week as we learn about their friends and families and how they plan to spend their summers recharging!
This week we are getting to know Dan Scott, Orchestra Director.Dan and his wife have two daughters: Laura and Emma.
Please tell us about your family and/or the people you plan to spend time with this summer.
The Scott family loves its summer vacation. My wife is a middle school choir director in Hudsonville, so we maximize our time over the summer to make up with how busy we are during the school year. Our youngest daughter Emma will be playing softball for the Wildcat Pride team this summer in addition to attending a music camp with her violin. Our oldest daughter Laura is going to try a tennis camp this summer in addition to attending a music camp with her violin. As a family we are eagerly counting down to a trip to Orlando in August. We will be travelling with the girls’ grandparents to Orlando for 10 days to explore the expansion to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in addition to spending several days at our HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH – Disney World. My wife and I went to Disney World for our honeymoon and we get back as often as we can.
Please share a favorite childhood summer memory.
A great memory from my childhood was the summer of 1989. I was fortunate to tour Europe with the Blue Lake International Orchestra for 4 weeks. The music, fun, and travel on the trip was incredible but one of our stops was the town my Grandmother was born in. Her sister still lived there and the family took me to the farm my grandmother was raised on. It was a great opportunity to connect with my roots and perform music in some incredible places.
What is on your summer reading list?
I tend to binge read in spurts when I have time, so my list has many choices right now. I will likely read another book in the Bob Lee Swagger series by Stephen Hunter – I really enjoy those books. I have seen the 1st two Hunger Games movies and might read the 3rd book so I can learn how the series ends, but my daughters will not be happy if I don’t read the 1st two books. I’m also considering re-reading the Hobbit as I’ve always loved the Lord of the Rings and the movies have really brought me back to the books.
Have you ever lived in or visited anywhere exciting that you’d like to return to?
My wife and I have a dream of working in Disney World after we retire. We’d love to work their for 4-6 months each year and then come home to Michigan. We still thinks its a possibility, so maybe we’ll actually make it happen. Other places on the travel bucket list are Alaska and Hawaii – we’ll get there sometime we know that for sure.
What does the beginning of the school year mean to you?
August is so full of mixed feelings for me and my family. We enjoy our time together so much and always lament the return to the structure of the school year. That being said, we love school in this family and the beginning of a new year is filled with excitement. As a teacher I look forward to trying out new ideas and music with the goal of improving the students that I work with. The joy of my job is that I work with my students for 8 years, so the return to school is about going back to see familiar faces and helping them reconnect with the joy of music.