Scot Hooper was nominated by Rodney Keyes, a member of the community.
Mr. Hooper has been the principal at Odyssey Charter School for four years. Prior to his arrival, the school was underperforming academically and fiscally challenged to make budget. Under Mr. Hooper's leadership, the school has fiscally turned around. Each year he has been there, academic performance and test scores have increased.
Additionally, Mr. Hooper has motivated many of his students by offering creative opportunities that were not in place prior ro his arrival. A student band has been assembled, allowing students to develop their musical talents in a creative, relevant way. Mr. Hooper has also been a catalyst for inspiring students in the areas of math and science. He is currently using his certifications and licenses to design and fly rockets. As principal, he works directly with students, which is rather uncommon for a principal. He has stimulated students' passion for learning math and science by bringing these subjects to life through rocket design.