Teacher of the Week: Keia Scott-Newsome, Paul Laurence Dunbar High school

Keia Scott-Newsome teaches science at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

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Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ)– Kia Scott-Newsome was on the path to be a doctor.

“I think I just wanted to be a game-changer.” said Scott-Newsome.

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When her father, who was a teacher, passed away, she realized something.

“When he passed away, 744 people showed up to his visitation. And I was like, “wow. I could change the world by just being a teacher.” And so from there, I really pursued it after that.” said Scott-Newsome.

Following in her dad’s footsteps, Scott-Newsome is now in her fifth year of teaching science at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and she is a game-changer, helping change the future through her students.

“It’s like you’re cultivating the future. These kids are going to lead my kids one day, and to know that I had a hand in that, it just blows my mind. It’s amazing to me.” said Scott-Newsome.

Scott-Newsome says at the end of the day, it’s not always about learning science.

“To me, we may not learn about science today, but we may just have a sit-down and have a life lesson.” said Scott-Newsome.

If you know a teacher just like Ms. Scott-Newsome who’s making an impact on the lives of students, nominate them to be our ABC 36, Parent Teacher Store, Teacher of the Week.