A fatal accident in Gravette killed a local high school teacher. Educators and students in Gravette are mourning the loss a woman they call one of the most beloved teachers at Gravette High School.
Students and staff tell 5NEWS Angela Scott truly was the heart of the school.
“She was definitely a leader for us, a leader for the district,” said Jay Chalk, principal at Gravette High School.
Friends tell 5NEWS Angela Scott was an education innovator.
“She built HOSA for this school. And, without it, it’s going to be hard” said Jaye Chalk, a junior at the high school.
Scott introduced a health program to the school called HOSA, which quickly became known as one of the top programs in the state, and country.
“It’s very hard to find an educator that can teach those, and, especially do as well as she did,” Jay Chalk said. “As far as replacing her, you can’t replace someone like her.”
Angela Scott was ejected from her car in the crash that claimed her life.
“There’s the kids at school, I know that they’re all hurting,” Jay Chalk said.
Scott taught medicine during the week, and practiced it on the weekends as an emergency room nurse.
“It seems like her life was about serving,” said Jonas Edgmon, a former student and student resource officer at the school. “Serving students, and serving people at the hospital.”
Students and colleagues tell 5NEWS Angela Scott was well loved at this school.
“Her impact was immeasurable,” said Danny Henry, the current student resource officer at Gravette High. “I can’t think of a single speech that happened at the senior ceremony this year that didn’t mention Ms. Scott, or mention her at some point.”
Those who knew her best say she was all about her job.
“That’s probably the first thing she’d want you to know. Her kids came first.” Jay Chalk said.
Her impact can be seen in the Gravette workforce today.
“The paramedics we work with, that are from around here, got their influence in the medical field from her,” Edgmon said.
Scott’s mission to raise the country’s future medical specialists was evident.
“We kept breaking records because of her,” Jaye Chalk said. “And, she taught us in this room. And she’ll be missed.”
Just last week, Angela Scott spent part of her summer break with her students at a HOSA health conference in Orlando.
it was there where she received the Adviser of The Year award for the state of Arkansas.
Gravette High School’s principal tells 5NEWS that a local church has opened its doors for those in mourning, and the school will plan a special ceremony for Angela Scott.