The Commerce Journal

Features

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.

1
Text Only
Features
  • RGB_Karl_Clauss_6-24-14.jpg Rotary president brings global perspective

    Idyllic is a perfect word to describe Gaia Ranch, Karl and Roxane Clauss’ 140 acre spread  in Cumby that features Katahdin sheep, Angus cattle and a winding rock road that leads past a guest house/art studio to their ranch-style home tucked behind a grove of trees.

    June 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • RGB_Children's_Museum_1_6-4-14.jpg The best little museum in Texas

    Sharline Freeman’s life has taken a lot of unexpected twists and turns that led her to the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum in 2009.

    June 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • HeadStart.jpg Organization gives low income families a head start in education

    For students who grow up in a low-income household, the start of their education career can be difficult.
    That situation is exacerbated when students are raised in a single-parent household.

    April 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • RGB_Rasco_1_4-9-14.jpg Presbyterian Church welcomes new pastor to Commerce

    Rev. Krista Rasco, recently named pastor of the First United Presbyterian Church of Commerce, was formally ordained into the ministry during a special service held at the church on April 6.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zoe Peak.JPG Zoe Peak signs with Henderson State

    Most high school athletes are passionate about the sports they play, but few demonstrate the dedication of swimmers like Commerce High School senior Zoe Peak.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Troy Dorsey.jpeg Dorsey, boxing greats to headline ‘Boxing With the Stars’

    On March 19, famous figures of the boxing world will all visit Texas A&M University-Commerce as part of the Boxing With the Stars event, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for A&M-Commerce students and local community members to meet and interact with some of the most important figures in boxing, both past, present and future.

    March 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Library still needed, even in a digital age

    The Commerce Public Library has an “open door policy.”
    But in this case – to resurrect an old advertising slogan – simply keeping the door open is “Job One.”  And that has not always been an easy task.

    November 27, 2013

  • RGB_Lil'Angels_11-26-13.jpg Kiwanis Club continues caring for ‘Lil’ Angels’

    Approximately 500 children in the Commerce Independent School District will receive Christmas presents this year, thanks to the Commerce Kiwanis Club’s annual Lil’ Angels toy drive.

    November 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • Al Jackson.jpg Jackson begins recovery, thanks to strong will, support

    Commerce’s Al Jackson is a senior wide receiver/defensive back, a former all-district selection who helps anchor a team that has had a lot to overcome this season.

    October 31, 2013 1 Photo

  • RGB_ArtShow2_10-8-13.jpg Local artist holds first show at A Space

    Janelle Stogner has been painting for 30 years, but Oct. 5 was the 78-year-old Greenville resident’s first art show.

    October 15, 2013 1 Photo

Featured Ads

Poll

How many games do you think the Lions will win in 2014?

7-9 wins
4-6 wins
1-3 wins
     View Results
Must Read
Facebook
AP Video
Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires Raw: Ukraine's Donetsk Residents Flee Senators Push to End Hamas Threat in Cease-Fire A Young Victim's Premonition, Hug Before MH17 Raw: Deadly Storm Hits Virginia Campground Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide