Lakewood ag teacher fulfills ‘prophecy’

By: By Barbara H. Scott - Special to the Independent

When Jacob Scott walked into his classroom at Lakewood High School in Salemburg on Monday, he was fulfilling a “prophecy” of sorts.

You see, when Scott graduated in 2010 from Bartlett Yancey High School in Yanceyville, N.C., he was voted “Most Likely to Become a Teacher” by his classmates. Scott thought it was funny because, at that time, the thought of becoming a teacher had never crossed his mind.

Working as a pharmacy technician while in high school, he had toyed with the idea of becoming a pharmacist. However, it was his love of baking and the success of his business, ”Jake’s Cakes and More” that led him to pursue a Culinary Arts degree at Alamance Community College.

A year and a half into the two year program at ACC, Scott was asked to assist with the FFA State convention in Raleigh because, while at Bartlett Yancey, he had been very active in FFA, competing on the Parliamentary Procedure team and serving as president his senior year. While working at the convention, Scott was reminded of all the wonderful memories and the joy he felt in the agricultural classrooms of Kin Watlington and Thomas White at Bartlett Yancey. Soon after returning from that week in Raleigh, Scott realized his “true calling” and made a life-changing decision — to become an agricultural educator.

In the fall of 2012, Scott transferred to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural Education. There, he continued to develop his passion for both agriculture and education. Inspired by the knowledge and dedication of national award-winning professors, Scott graduated in May with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education and a minor in Agricultural Business Management.

Weeks before graduation, he was offered a 12-month position with Sampson County Schools and accepted the offer soon thereafter.

“Just like the impact Mr. Watlington and Mr. White had on me, I hope to inspire my students to pursue a college education and/or a career in agriculture,” said Scott.

Jacob Scott is the son of Jerry and Barbara Scott of the Corbett Ridge Community in Caswell County. He has an older brother, Thomas.

By Barbara H. Scott

Special to the Independent