The Commerce Journal

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May 5, 2012

Scroggin to retire after 37 years of service at high school

COMMERCE — Commerce High School will say goodbye to long time educator Steven Scroggin at the end of this school year. For 37 years, Scroggin taught senior-level government and economics, both regular and AP levels, and enjoyed his time at CHS.

“When I leave this job, one of the things that I will cherish the most will be the relationship with students and my colleagues,” he said. “I’ve been very fortunate in this district to have excellent administrator and first rate colleagues, because everybody I’ve associated with as a teacher has always wanted to be a good teacher. Even though when it comes to the students it can be very difficult and you have to have a lot of patience, it’s the interaction with people that is the most fun.”

Scroggin was born and raised in Texas and graduated from what was then known as East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) with both his undergraduate and master’s degree. After earning his master’s in politcal science and sociology, Scroggin began working with Commerce ISD in August of 1975.

“It took me a while to decide for sure that teaching was what I wanted to do” he said. “I had an idea as an undergrad in college that teaching might be something I wanted to do, and I liked the schedule and the idea of having the summer off.”

The main reason Scroggin got into education was his love for the job and his ability to relate to the students he taught.

“The main reason I began working for CISD is because it is something I enjoyed doing,” he said. “I always taught seniors and I realted well to them. They’re young adults and you can have higher expectations for them than would be the case for middle school students or freshmen.”

Several factors contributed to Scroggin’s decision to retire, including the changing nature of public education and the increased use of technology in the classrooms.

“It was a difficult decision to make because I enjoy what I do, but I think that everyone comes to the point where they realize for a variety of reasons the time is right,” he said. “There are a lot of changes coming education- in Texas for instace, the STAAR test will replace the TAKS test. There is an increasing use of technology in education, and as one of the older teachers I’m not as comfortable with it as newer teachers who grew up with it.

Because of the changes, as well as my length of service, I felt like the time was probably right. It’s not like I was anxious to retire, but the time seemed right.”

Scroggin is prepared to remain active, both physically and mentally during his retirement and plans to visit CHS often.

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