With graduation season in full swing, we’d like to take a moment to share the heartwarming story of Scott and Laura Meyer. This husband and wife duo are both teachers at Simon Youth Academies in Florida, and have given selflessly to students inside and outside of the classroom.

After 20 years working in banking, Laura found her calling teaching in the Charlotte County Public School system. Scott built a successful nearly 30-year career with a major corporation, but when he took his son, Sam, to register for classes before his freshman year at Florida Southwestern State College, everything changed. Scott was inspired to finish the bachelor’s degree he had started 43 years prior in order to help tutor Sam in calculus. Scott and Sam both excelled, and the father and son graduated with college degrees from FSW on the same night!

Through tutoring his son, Scott found a passion for teaching math, and left the corporate world to become a teacher at Simon Youth Academy at Port Charlotte, also part of the Charlotte County public school district. He and his wife Laura now work tirelessly to help students who struggle to succeed in a traditional school environment.

Scott and Laura go above and beyond for their students. They spend every day in the classroom working with students, and also run an after school tutoring program to ensure students receive the support they need to reach graduation day. Laura writes grants for Simon Youth Academy on Cochran, and the couple has chaperoned SYF’s annual Close Up trip to Washington, D.C. to provide their students with a valuable, immersive civic engagement experience. A few years ago, they informally adopted an Academy student, who they now refer to as their second son.

Scott and Laura were inspired by their upbringings to help today’s youth overcome difficult life circumstances and pursue their dreams through education. We can’t thank them enough for the support they provide students at our Academies. The proud parents look forward to watching their son, Sam, walk across the graduation stage this May to receive a second degree from University of Florida. Congratulations to the Meyers – we are so lucky that you are a part of our SYF family!