Mr. Scott is one of only five elected advisors to sit on the state board, bringing a booming voice from Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 (SCV35) and southern AZ.
Mr. Joseph “Jo Jo” Scott is a first year teacher in the SCV35 District, hired by RRHS high school principal Hector Estrada for the 2019-2020 school year.
“I am so thankful to Mr. Estrada for such a great opportunity to come to Rio Rico. He has believed in me 100% of the way,” said Scott.
Scott, who recently moved to Arizona from Arkansas, did so partly because he admired the work of the AASC.
“Arizona stood out to me as one of the top five states based on size, growth, sustained success, student/advisor testimonies and the content they were able to provide and show from their events,” said Scott.
He had set his sights on advising a student council ever since he attended high school.
“I knew I could help make a difference in children’s lives,” Scott said. “I also knew I wanted a seat on the Executive Board; because I know I will do everything in my power to make the association the best it can be for students as well as advisors, to better serve their kids! I moved out here to become a key part of the AASC, and becoming an Executive Board member is just my first step.”
As for his vision for student council at RRHS, “It is to become the organization on campus that directly, and indirectly, creates a climate on campus.”
“Long story short, we want to be responsible for the little moments of high school that students remember,” Scott said. “We also want to be the connection of our district to the Rio Rico community. We are THE high school of the community, and we want to have programs and events that make the high school more of a hub for the community instead of the “last stop” for education.”
When asked to put into words what a Student Council is and what it represents, Mr. Scott said, “StuCo is the heart and soul of a campus. If it is thriving and producing great programs, then students feel excited to come to school. StuCo is the yearbook, because we create the moments on campus students want to remember. Most importantly, StuCo is the voice of students. We make sure that if a student has an idea, it is heard and that we work hard to make it possible.”
Over the next few years, Mr. Scott hopes to make big contributions to the board that will impact students all over the state.
“I hope to bring a new and fresh perspective of how some of our events can be tweaked to better cater to our students,” Scott said. “The methods that AASC use are tried and true, but some of them just need to be freshened up to meet the desire of the ever changing world we live in.”