MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) – Some high school health classes can be uncomfortable for teenage students, learning about anatomy, mental health, exercise and nutrition, but not for students at Harlem High School.
“He’s real comfortable with it, and if you have questions you can always ask him anything. He’s just a really, really good teacher,” student Emma Clausen said.
Health teacher Scott Sholl is loved by all of his students, and the athletes he coaches, at Harlem High School. Sholl coaches girls track and football.
His students say they love the way that he approaches health class by sharing his own personal stories and teaching things straightforward.
“The stories he has can make you laugh, make you smile, while learning about stuff that’s not always so easy to learn about sometimes,” student Hailey Brolyk said.
Sholl said he uses his personal experiences to show his students that they aren’t alone in the mistakes they make. He said as a father and a teacher, he wants his children and students to hear past stories so they can learn from them.
He also said respect is extremely important in his classroom, and that when students feel respected, they tend to open up.
“I try to get a classroom, and environment that they can feel safe,” Sholl said. “That they can ask anything and realize that they’re not alone. And the questions that they have, probably 30 to 40 percent of the students were thinking the same thing.”
Lastly, he said humor is a big part of this classroom, which he uses as another tool to get students to feel comfortable while learning about some uncomfortable topics.
Overall, his students said he is a great teacher who connects, and who is loved by everyone in the school.
“We all love him, teacher and coach,” Clausen said.