Scott Schroeder was raised by teacher-parents in central Nebraska, drawing inspiration from the connections his parents had with students and coworkers for his choice of career. He graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City and worked as a retail banker, at JC Penney, and at Woodbine School District before coming to the ADM School District.
Schroeder is now the Business Education teacher and Work Experience Coordinator at ADM High School. While he’s been employed at ADM for 20 years he has also held down the position of technology teacher for 8th graders and freshmen.
A regular day for Schroeder can include up to six different classes depending on the semester, meaning he doesn’t have to repeat lessons in a day and “the content is always new and different.” Schroeder hopes to prepare students with business and finance skills that will be useful in their futures, whether in a career or in personal life, and enjoys sharing this knowledge with them. His favorite part about work is “building relationships with students and also the great staff” that he works with.
Schroeder is known for his “Schro-Code” at the high school. The code instructs students to: 1. Be nice! 2. Think first, then ask for help. 3. Make it work, no excuses. 4. Take pride in your work. 5. Do what’s right! Even though the “Code” is posted in his room, it’s known and used throughout the building.
Aside from teaching, Schroeder has been very active in athletics. As a college basketball, he learned the skills to pass on to young athletes. He coached middle school basketball for ten years, was the assistant cross country coach for three years, and was the head girls’ track coach for twelve years. He was “very fortunate to have many exceptional athletes who worked tremendously hard and were great team members.”
One current event that Schroeder is keeping up with is political involvement in schools. He is “both disheartened and disgusted that Iowa schools are held hostage by decisions made by politicians more concerned with party affiliation than the future of the state.” He believes the lack of collaboration in the government is negatively affecting education.
Outside of school Schroeder spends time woodworking. He follows several college and professional sports teams, such as the Cornhuskers, Packers, and Cardinals. His wife, Nancy, teaches in the Waukee School District, and the couple has two sons.
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