Hafferkamp runs to WA

Scott Hafferkamp
Scott Hafferkamp

By Kayla Chavier
Staff Writer

Scott Hafferkamp is a new teacher in the psychology department at Westford Academy. He teaches both college prep and advanced placement psychology.

Q: How do you like it here so far?

A: Working here has been really great so far. It is a lot of work getting used to the school and meeting new people. However, everyone is extremely friendly and helpful, and it is enjoyable to get to know the students.

Q:Where have you taught before?

A: I originally worked as a long term sub but my first big job was in Springfield in Southeastern Vermont. For the last three years, I have worked in a high school with a little under 500 students. Wanting to be in Eastern Massachusetts, Westford is a perfect area to work.

Q: Where did you attend college?

A: I got my undergrad in Wheaton College, Norton MA and then my masters in education at Tufts. I majored in American Studies including history and literature.

Q: Did you always want to be a teacher?

A: I first considered teaching in junior year of high school. After being home schooled before then, it was my first time seeing public school teachers and considered it to be a worthwhile career. However, this decision was not definite until the end of college.

Q: Why did you choose to follow psychology?

A: Psychology is the study of us and applies to our lives. It illuminates the world around us, and you get to know yourself and others around you. Studying psychology shows why things happen and is a good application in life.

Q: What are you looking forward to in the coming years here?

A: Getting to know more people and the students better.

Q: What activities do you do outside of school?

A: Running. I ran a marathon in 2009 and had 20 weeks of training. I am planning to run a half marathon next month. I also play the violin. I may consider coaching in running or instruction with violin.