Meet Our New Social Studies and History Teacher: Scott Gillette

August 10, 2023

A native of New Jersey, U.S.A, Scott Gillette will join the AIS-Salzburg teaching faculty for the 2023-2024 school year as a full-time social studies and history teacher. His course load will include US History, AP European History, AP Human Geography, and AP Psychology. We invite you to learn more about Scott in the interview below. 

AIS-Salzburg: How long have you been teaching and/or in education?

Scott: I have been a secondary teacher in the classroom for fifteen years, and I have been in the field of education for twenty years.

AIS-Salzburg: What motivated you to get into teaching?

Scott: I teach in part because I am keenly interested in learning more about the world and I want to share that interest. I also believe that it is possible to have an important and positive impact on future generations through teaching. Finally, I enjoy the perspectives and idealism that young people possess. 

AIS-Salzburg: Where have you taught previously?

Scott: I have taught at a private and public school in New Jersey. I decided to pursue teaching in an international setting, and I have not looked back. I have taught and worked in China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Myanmar, Panama, Mongolia and finally Austria. 

Photo: Scott in Mongolia with a number of yurts in the background, the most common type of habitation in Mongolia. 

AIS-Salzburg: Do you have any hobbies or interests that you like to do in your free time?

Scott: I like to read and follow financial markets. I have done a lot of running and hiking in the past year. I enjoy playing and watching soccer. I also am a big music fan of all different kinds of genres. I even have made a couple of electronica mixes.

AIS-Salzburg: Do you have a message for the students who will sit in your classrooms starting this fall?

Scott: I have learned a lot about the school online, and AIS-Salzburg seems like a special and unique place. I am struck by the maturity of the students that I have seen in videos. I look forward to doing my part in serving the AIS-Salzburg community and I look forward to meeting all of the students soon!