Scott Fischer, Educational Psychology

Scott FischerCan you share a little about your background and what brought you to UW–Madison?

I am a high school world language instructor, where I currently teach French and Spanish. I am also a co-head coach for cross-country. I will be starting my seventh year of teaching this fall. I received my undergraduate degree from UW–Madison and my teaching certificate from UW–Whitewater. As the department head for the World Language Department, my professional goals include becoming more knowledgeable about curriculum, development, and educational best practices, as well as an integral leader of our Building Leadership Team. For this reason, I chose the MSPE program as it is tailored to address these key areas of professional interest. In addition, the online nature of the program affords me flexibility to meet my professional and family needs.

"As the department head for the World Language Department, my professional goals include becoming more knowledgeable about curriculum, development, and educational best practices, as well as an integral leader of our Building Leadership Team."

What are you most looking forward to at UW–Madison?

I am looking forward to continuing to engage in collegial discussions with other teaching professionals in order to help me become a better educator, which better serves the needs of my students and colleagues.

How do you feel going into fall semester?

As a student of the MSPE program, I feel confident and am excited at the possibilities to continue my studies. As an educator in the classroom, I am nervous, as our students are unaccustomed to online learning. That being said, I am also hopeful as our students continue to display an incredible amount of resilience during these challenging times.

What will your focus be this semester?

I will be taking two classes. One will focus on the types of assessments I give to students and how I can use the results to make changes to my instructional practices. The second class is a capstone class, which will build on and synthesize what we have learned in past classes.

"As an educator in the classroom, I am nervous, as our students are unaccustomed to online learning. That being said, I am also hopeful as our students continue to display an incredible amount of resilience during these challenging times."

How do you plan to stay connected with your friends, classmates, and professors this fall?

I enjoy using group chats! For example, I use them to communicate with the World Language Department in my school district, or with my cohort in the MSPE program. I also send a lot of messages to people reminding them that they are important to me and thanking them for being part of my life.

What are your career plans after graduation?

After receiving my master’s, I am excited to continue to work on creating a supporting and welcoming curriculum for our world language students. I also plan on becoming more involved with our teacher’s union. Lastly, I look forward to coaching cross-country and helping athletes achieve what they never thought possible.

What are your hobbies or interests outside of school and work?

I enjoy running, drumming, gardening, being a husband and father, and watching French and Spanish news.

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