Former educator, Dr. William Shaw Jr. dies unexpected

Dr. William Shaw, Jr., a former teacher, principal, and school administrator who retired last month, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 13 at his home.
Dr. Shaw retired from from the Scott County School District where he most recently served as a coordinator for textbook operations and assisted with curriculum strategies.
He arrived in Scott County in 2010 to take the principal position at Scott Central Attendance Center where he served for two years. Dr. Shaw then moved to Morton in 2012 to lead the high school as principal until 2015. He returned to Scott Central for one year as principal before receiving his most recent assignment.
Dr. Shaw was the “In the Neighborhood” feature in this paper on June 7 and said at that time that planned to stay active in education in some way on a more relaxed basis.
“I don’t really want to get out entirely,” he said. “I feel that I still have more to offer and I am looking at doing some consulting work on the secondary education level. There are some opportunities to help teachers who may be looking at going into administrative roles. It is a different environment when they leave the classroom to become administrators and so much to learn and adjust.”
Outside of work, Shaw said he was looking forward to having more time for personal interests such as reading.
“I like fiction and non-fiction and historical material,” Shaw said. “I have stacks of books around my dinner table, two or three deep each, that I am looking forward to digging into.”

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