New school administrator in Clintonville
By Bert Lehman
Scott Huff is embarking on a new career this school year, one as a school administrator.
He will be the associate principal at Rexford-Longfellow Elementary School and the principal at Dellwood Early Learning Center.
“I wanted to get into administration because I thought I could help more teachers and more students this way,” Huff said. “If I help one teacher become better I help hundreds of kids in the future. I always did well in my own classes and I’ve always taken on leadership roles in the schools I’ve been in. So I’ve always been doing some of the parts of the job anyway.”
Prior to accepting the administration position in the Clintonville School District, Huff taught in the Marshfield School District for 18 years. As a teacher he taught mostly science and math to sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
“In Marshfield when I was in the middle school I’d have 150 students per day, where now it’s the whole school,” Huff said. “I can go anywhere and help. I really like that part of the job.”
Huff obtained his master’s degree during his teaching career in Marshfield. When he decided to pursue a career in school administration he began taking classes as Viterbo University in La Crosse.
“It took two years to get my classes covered to get my degree so that I could be licensed to be an administrator,” Huff said.
While taking classes at Viterbo, Huff met Clintonville High School Principal Lance Bagstad, who was also taking classes.
“I was able to spend some time with Lance Bagstad and he talked about Clintonville and all the great things that were going on there,” Huff said.
This knowledge of Clintonville helped convince Huff to apply for the administrator position in Clintonville.
“If I hadn’t spent time with him I probably would not applied because I didn’t know enough about it,” Huff said. “But after talking to him I had a real good feel for the community, and I researched beyond that as well.”
He said Clintonville reminds him of Fall Creek, where he grew up.
“People are getting to know me when I walk into places. I like that,” Huff said. “Everybody gets to know you and you get to know them.”
Even though the school year is only a couple weeks old, Huff said so far being an administrator is what he expected.
“I had realistic ideas about what the job would be,” Huff said. “Clintonville is about a third the size of Marshfield and over there I have been in two elementary schools and a middle school. I was exposed to a lot there so I understood what the position would be like. All the leadership positions I had taken over there, I had a pretty good idea what I was getting into.”
Huff said he is enjoying becoming acquainted with his new surroundings.
“I’m enjoying getting to know the staff and students, with the high fives and fist pumps,” Huff said. “The process here is great. The resources here are great. The things that students are exposed to, I’m really enjoying learning all of that.”
Huff is married and has two children. The family bought a house in Clintonville, but his wife and kids are still in Marshfield as they need to sell that house before they can move to Clintonville. In his spare time, Huff said he enjoys trout fishing, as well as building motorcycles and hot rods.