Enterprise graduate Scott Quisenberry has been a part of the Coffee County School System for 27 years and on Oct. 31 he officially retired.
Quisenberry has worked in the school system as a physical therapist and special needs aid for special needs children, as well as spending 15 years as an assistant football coach at New Brockton High School.
Quisenberry has worked at both Zion Chapel and New Brockton, and also worked at Kinston when he was a physical therapist for Project Independence before becoming a full-time employee at Coffee County Schools.
“I enjoy working with special needs children,” Quisenberry said. “It’s just something that – even as a child growing up – I enjoyed. I had friends that had special needs and I liked working with them.”
Quisenberry was a member of the Enterprise High School 1979 state championship football team and after college began his time as a physical therapist with Project Independence, where he worked with special needs children in Zion Chapel, Kinston and New Brockton.
It was at Project Independence where Quisenberry said he truly learned to love his job.
“With Project Independence, I got to work with them in the classroom,” Quisenberry said. “That kind of really got me interested in wanting to help those kids learn. Even if they couldn’t talk to me, I would try to pick up what they enjoy or how they react to certain things and it would make me feel good.
“You could see it meant something to them even if it wouldn’t have meant something to anyone else.”
Quisenberry credited the many special education teachers he’s worked with over the years for helping him learn, too.
“So many special education teachers throughout the years that I’ve worked with have allowed me to pull something from each one,” Quisenberry said. “Laurie Carter, the lady that hired me at Project Independence, was my first principal and she really taught me so much about special needs children.
“She taught me how to talk to them and how they can relate to you in their own way, which is something I’m so thankful for.”
Quisenberry said that one thing that was important to him was treating his students just like any other student.
“It’s been an incredible experience for me,” Quisenberry said. “Even though they have special needs, I’ve always tried to treat them like all the other students in the classroom. That’s important.”
Quisenberry said that coaching allowed him to enjoy the best of both worlds.
“I enjoyed coaching and I was able to see the best of both worlds with that,” Quisenberry said.
After his son, Clark, began to play football in high school, Scott Quisenberry left the coaching world to be able to follow his son’s athletic career, which began at Enterprise and continued to Troy University.
Now, Clark Quisenberry is a coaching intern, working with receivers, at Enterprise High School.
“It makes me feel good,” he said of seeing his son coaching. “I’m very proud of him and its kind of a dream come true to see him doing it because he loves it.
“The last game they played, against Jeff Davis, I saw a part of me with the way he was talking to and dealing with the guys on the sideline. Trying to keep them pumped and motivating them. That made me feel good as a father.”
Scott Quisenberry’s wife, Stephanie, is an assistant principal at Holly Hill Elementary and his brother, Dr. Chip Quisenberry, is the financial aid director at Enterprise State Community College, so coaching and education is in his family DNA.
Scott Quisenberry said that he felt like it was time to step away and let some of the younger teachers at New Brockton take over his role and also he needed to spend more time with his parents.
“My parents are getting to the age where I’m going to have to start helping them out more,” Scott Quisenberry said. “That’s one of the reasons I’m retiring. Both of them can’t drive anymore and as much as they helped me out in my life, it’s time I helped them out.”
New Brockton Elementary principal Jason Hadden said that Scott Quisenberry would be greatly missed.
“You couldn’t ask for a better person than Scott Quisenberry,” Hadden said. “He’s a top notch guy and he goes above and beyond his job description here.
“Scott helps me out in so many different ways, almost like an assistant principal in some ways. He’s a really good friend and I will miss him.”