For Scott, fishing trips with Granddad “J” at Caddo Lake in East Texas weren’t about fishing. “Looking back, catching fish was secondary,” he recalls. “There was so much to do, just sitting on the banks, looking and listening, trying not to get my line caught behind me when I cast out.” Scott was instead mesmerized by the water ripples and the sound of soft breezes blowing through the trees. “To this day, those memories fill me with a sense of wonder and peace, not to mention an overwhelming sense of love for my granddad.”
Before joining REAL School Gardens to lead its flagship program in Fort Worth, Texas, Scott Feille taught at Westcliff Elementary for eight years. First working with special education classes and then with fifth-graders, he was recognized by the Fort Worth Independent School District as one of the top 100 reading teachers in the district, and also served as a lead science curriculum writer for the Curriculum Frameworks program. In 2006, he received the Lockheed Martin Teaching Chair of Excellence Award in Elementary Science and served as the Place Based Education Chair for the North American Association of Environmental Education in 2010. Scott holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, magna cum laude, from Texas Christian University and is a Texas Master Naturalist.
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