Teacher with local ties remembered

By: Maria Allard, Mary Beth Almond | C&G Newspapers | Published November 23, 2018

 Jaclyn Scott

Jaclyn Scott

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Loved ones are mourning the loss of a devoted teacher who was killed Nov. 13 in a multiple car crash that occurred on eastbound Interstate 94 just before the 23 Mile Road/M-29 exit in Chesterfield Township.

The crash happened at approximately 5:50 p.m. and resulted in the death of 34-year-old Jaclyn Scott, a dedicated Avondale School District teacher who was known for making an impact on her students. Scott, who taught at a school in Troy, was a graduate of Warren Woods Public Schools.

Avondale Schools Superintendent James Schwarz said the district is deeply saddened by the loss of the Woodland Elementary School teacher.

“Her enthusiasm for teaching and learning was evident through her interactions with students, colleagues and administrators. Bright and energetic, Jaclyn encouraged her young students to engage in the learning process, inspiring them to strive for a life of learning — she will be missed,” he said in a statement.

Scott joined Avondale Schools in the fall, teaching second- and third-grade students in the district’s Gifted and Talented program at Woodland Elementary School in Troy. Scott’s family told district officials that she loved her job.

The parents of Scott’s students were informed of the loss via phone the morning of Nov. 14. Later that morning, all district families were notified via email.

“She was a cheerful, kind and thoughtful person and a hard-working, knowledgeable asset to our community. During her short time with us, she touched many lives,” Schwarz said in a portion of the email.

The district, Schwarz said, also arranged for counselors and social workers to be at the school to assist students and staff in navigating their feelings.

At press time, the Michigan State Police and the Chesterfield Township Police Department were investigating the crash, which involved six vehicles. According to Chesterfield Township police, “several vehicles were engulfed in flames as a result of the collision,” and Scott was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, the other drivers in the crash suffered various non-life threatening injuries.

Chesterfield Township police Detective Sgt. Deron Myers said last week that the investigation “will take some time.”

“There’s a reconstructive process, and the Michigan State Police and Chesterfield Township police are working hand-in-hand to reconstruct the accident,” Myers said.

A vehicular crash reconstruction is the process of investigating, analyzing, and drawing conclusions about the causes and events during a vehicle collision.

At the start of the investigation, witness accounts suggested that when the rush hour traffic slowed and/or stopped to merge onto the exit ramp, the vehicles were struck from behind by a semitrailer.

Anyone else with information on the crash is asked to call Chesterfield police Detective Chris Delor at (586) 949-3375. Once the police investigation is completed, it will be turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges.

“It is at their discretion if there will be criminal charges,” Myers said. “We feel terrible for the people and their families.”

According to an obituary shared on the A.H. Peters Funeral Home website, ahpeters.com, Scott attended Michigan State University and Oakland University, and graduated with an undergraduate degree in elementary education.

To pursue her career in education, she moved to North Carolina, where she completed her Master of Arts degree in educational technology.  Two years ago, she was named the  “2016 Teacher of the Year” in Wake County North Carolina. In 2017, she moved back to Michigan to take a job with the Dearborn School District and to also be closer to her family.

According to the obituary, Scott is survived by her parents Brian and Barbara; her sister, Anna Theeck, brother Kyle Scott, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Scott attended Pinewood Elementary School, Warren Woods Middle School and was a 2002 graduate of Warren Woods Tower High School in Warren Woods Public Schools. WWPS Superintendent Stacey Denewith-Fici was a WWTHS administrator when Scott was a student there.

“It’s completely sad. She was a wonderful student, very thoughtful and thorough,” Denewith-Fici said. “I knew her whole family. They were a wonderful family that was very involved in the district for many years. Our thoughts and prayers obviously are with her family.”

Scott’s family has requested that memorial contributions may be made to the Avondale Education Foundation, 2940 Waukegan St., Auburn Hills, MI 48326 or to Detroit Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 806119, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080.