By: Jack Stuzin and Ibbe Ashruf
This year, Gilman welcomes Mr. Jake Scott, a graduate and first-year teaching fellow with the University of Pennsylvania’s teaching residency program.
Mr. Scott attended Conestoga High School in Pennsylvania, where he was four-year Varsity Letter winner and US Lacrosse Academic All-American. As a senior, he was class president and captain of the lacrosse team, leading the team to win back-to-back state championships.
Last May, Mr. Scott graduated from Harvard University, where he played as an attackman on the varsity lacrosse team. He was also a political and topical cartoonist for The Harvard Crimson. Mr. Scott joins the Gilman faculty through the University of Pennsylvania GSE teaching residency which allows teachers to receive a master’s degree while completing teaching fellowships at partner schools. Mr. Scott said, “I first heard about Gilman through playing club lacrosse in high school and Gilman’s well-known reputation in the lacrosse world. In college, a couple of my teammates attended Gilman and always spoke highly of the school. When I found out Gilman was one of the schools [that were] a part of the Penn Fellowship, I was eager to apply for a teaching position.”
In his first year, Mr. Scott will teach 11th grade American Literature class, and he “hopes to inspire respectful discussion, diligent attention, personal growth, and a strong curiosity for learning.”
Mr. Scott will also coach Varsity Lacrosse alongside Coach Brooks Matthews and will use his background as an attackman to work with the offense. Though Mr. Scott never played against Gilman himself, he knows the league rivalries and remembers “two huge upset wins against Calvert Hall and Boys’ Latin.”
Mr. Scott spent the summer in Maine and in his hometown of Berwyn, Pennsylvania where he worked with several young lacrosse players. Mr. Scott said, “During summer breaks throughout college, I worked with several young players, and have enjoyed building relationships with those I have coached.”
Mr. Scott will make a wonderful addition to the Gilman faculty, and he looks forward to coaching, teaching, and becoming a part of the Gilman community.