If one knows the secrecy of government clearance, it can be a little bit tricky to interview a former military and government statistician. After much time and work, however, this writer was finally able to track down and interview Mr. Scott Douglas, the new statistics and geometry teacher.
Given his extensive background and expertise, the Bullis community appears lucky to have him as the new statistics teacher.
Mr. Douglass was born in Colorado and spent most of his childhood there. When it was time for college, he knew he didn’t want to spend four years in school, as was typical.
So instead, he decided to join the military where he worked on the Hawkeye aircrafts, “the one where they have the pancake on top of it” as he described.
Throughout his military career, he enrolled in courses in the various states where he was stationed because he wanted to get a college degree.
At Old Dominion, in Virginia, he developed an appreciation for statistics while studying for a degree in marketing resource.
At the end of his military career, he went to Colorado State University to work towards his M.B.A in theoretical statistics. While he was there, he worked for the forest service as a trainee, where his main area of focus was forest growth and health.
He then went on to work at the Walter Reed National Naval where he worked in public health for five years.
After many years in government working as a statistician, Mr. Douglass decided to retire. When faced with either a teaching job or a consulting job, he thought teaching would be more of a change from what he had been doing for the last several years. He felt that teaching would be a better way to contribute all of the learning he had done over his career and really give kids a quality statistics education. He considers himself very lucky because he gets to teach using his real world knowledge and experience.
“My statistics classes are designed about the lessons I learned while I was with the government,” said Douglass. “As I do my curriculum, I’m pretty much starting them off at a good place, or I’d like to think so.”
Mr. Douglass is giving his students a real world statistics class with applicable lessons that they are going to, “blow their college professors away” with as he put it.
“You can always tell when you’ve got the edge of curiosity. It’s just a frontier, it’s a fascinating place to be, and being in a position when you can take that role back or bring it forward, make them ask more questions, take them down a place they didn’t know was possible, that’s where you’re forgive the expression, spreading your religion,” said Douglass.