When my doctorate of education in special education was conferred at Kansas State University on Dec. 9, my sister, Elizabeth Ann Scott, of Hempstead, N.Y., was in attendance, as well as my wife, Meribel Osorio-Scott, and our son, William John Scott.
Also present, in my mind, were the wonderful teachers who guided and inspired me during my years in the Great Bend Public Schools, from fourth grade at Jefferson Elementary School through 12th grade at Great Bend Senior High.
In my heart, I carry the limitless love of my father, Dr. John Clark Scott, and my mother, Mrs. Virginia Lee Huffman Scott, and I hope to always do honor to the fine examples they set in their lives.
I also deeply appreciate the encouragement I have received from friends in Great Bend and central Kansas during the past eight years, en route to achieving a lifelong goal.
I am determined to give back to my home state and hometown by helping in any way possible to improve post-secondary outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse young people, based on my research about multicultural transition practices in Kansas high schools.
Robert Bruce Scott, Ed.D.,