As a longtime special education counselor and coordinator, Evelyn Scarborough always had an open door and a warm heart waiting for students, teachers, and parents of Northside ISD.
Growing up in Savannah, Georgia, Scarborough was the youngest of four girls in a family that placed a big emphasis on education. She graduated high school at 16 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Savannah State College and later, a master's degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.
Scarborough began her career in education in 1956 soon after marrying her husband Robert. His Air Force career took the couple and Scarborough's teaching posts from Puerto Rico to Georgia and to Maine. The Scarborough family, including daughter Stephanie, finally settled in Leon Valley in 1969 when Robert was stationed at Kelly AFB.
After arriving in San Antonio, Scarborough taught first grade in Edgewood ISD, but it was when she came to Northside in 1972 that she found her niche as a special education counselor. She had a knack for calming and comforting students during individual and group counseling sessions and made herself available to provide counseling any time, day or night. She was equally devoted to parents, and helped them decipher their child's educational and psychological assessments and frequently made home visits to parents.
Districtwide, Scarborough was instrumental in the development of numerous services for special education students and their parents, including On Job Training and the Early Childhood Collaboration. A tireless advocate for special education students, perhaps her most significant work came in helping to remove the stigma of special education.
Throughout her career, Scarborough and her family were active in the Leon Valley and Marshall High School communities. Robert served on Leon Valley City Council, and Stephanie was a member of the 1977 Ram band that broke the Guinness World record for longest continuous playing band. Evelyn, a band booster, stayed with the band the entire time.
Scarborough retired in 1992, but the District wasn't ready to let her go and asked her to continue working part-time as a special education coordinator. She retired permanently in 2004 after 32 years with Northside.
Scarborough, who recently became a grandmother, is a longtime member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church and continues to stay active as a volunteer with several organizations, including Top Ladies of Distinction, Top Teens of America, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and the Leon Valley Events Committee.