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Scott Boosahda

Teacher at Burncoat High School | Adjunct Professor at QCC

If you had told Scoot Boosahda when he was attending Quinsigamond that he would be teaching there one day, he wouldn’t have believed it.

“QCC is a tremendous place, it really is unique that it is so friendly, it helps students excel and grow to prepare them for the next level of schooling or their career,” he said. “Being named a Guardian has brought back memories for me as a student and how I was unsure what I wanted to do.”

After graduating from Quinsigamond Community College with an associate’s degree in liberal arts in 1981, he attended Worcester State University and Cambridge College, earning bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education, respectively.

He initially worked in sales but started teaching in 1994 at the middle school level. He taught Social Studies at Sullivan Middle School until 1999, when he started teaching at Burncoat High School, where he has taught history, social science, psychology and human geography.

In addition to teaching at Burncoat, he is involved in various after-school clubs and activities. As a football and basketball game official, he has volunteered as an official for Special Olympics basketball games in Worcester and inter-high football passing camps for inner-city students in the summer. 

He and his wife live in Worcester and they have a 25-year-old son.

For the past seven years, he has been teaching nights at QCC as an adjunct faculty member, teaching liberal arts and a variety of history courses.

“I had a thirst for education, and my professors at QCC encouraged me to work harder. It was an amazing place for me. It provided me with an opportunity to have a fulfilling professional life. I never would have expected at the time to end up coming back and teaching here myself,” he said. “Now my former professors are my colleagues and I try to bring that personal touch to my own students, to encourage them. I am humbled and honored to be named one of QCC’s 50 Guardians and to be able to continue to represent the school as an alumni.”

He said sometimes students in his early liberal arts classes would be raw or overwhelmed and he would talk to them about how he attended QCC as well.

There is a lot of support for all different types of students, whether they are veterans, single parents, remedial students or people with disabilities, Mr. Boosahda said.

“The growth amazes me, being a part of it is incredible,” he said. He said the expansion of the Harrington Learning Center, with the resources available at the library as well as social gatherings at the café, is an important part of QCC. “The new QuEST building is going to be unbelievable,” he said.

The Quinsigamond Engineering, Science and Technology building will enable QCC to enhance current program offerings, develop new programs and serve more students in the fields of biotechnology, biomedical engineering, pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, electromechanical technology/robotics and automation, as well as energy utility technology. The 30,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2016.