Marcus Scott was elected as the Georgia Association for Alternative Education President at the GAAE annual conference in Atlanta, Oct. 18. Scott is a member of the Liberty County Board of Education.
He was selected as GAAE president based on his knowledge of alternative education and his proven ability to lead alternative programs in Georgia. He is currently the principal of two alternative programs in the Savannah Chatham School System. He is principal of Building Bridges Middle and Building Bridges High School. This is his fourth year in alternative education, with 17 years in education. He was asked to take over the middle school program due to the success of the high school program where 100 percent seniors graduated for the past three years.
His duties as GAAE president will be to provide guidance to alternative schools for the state of Georgia, represent Georgia alternative programs/schools at national conferences and provide professional learning opportunities for districts on alternative education throughout the state and nation. The organization’s mission is to provide the highest quality of professional learning, promote innovative learning opportunities, and serve as an advocate for students matriculating in nontraditional settings throughout Georgia.
“I am honored to represent GAAE,” Scott said. “I look forward to continuing to be an advocate for alternative education. Many times when people hear online alternative education, there is a negative perception, but the students and faculty at alternatives schools understand that alternative education is really how school should teach children. Alternative education means using different methods to ensure students are successful. We do that by providing smaller class sizes, wrap around services, attendance recovery opportunities, virtual learning opportunities and a chance for accelerated coursework. Alternative education teaches that every child is different and all kids can learn when their education is personalized based on what the student needs to be successful.”