78 Jerry Toth Drive
Shinnston, WV 26431
At Lincoln Middle School we strive for excellence in all areas. Excellence means that something is very good or exceptional. Successful basketball player and Coach Pat Riley said, “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” It does not happen quickly or easily, but takes hard work and perseverance. Excellent effort happens when you work very hard and try to do your best. It does not guarantee that you’ll make the highest grade or win every game, but it can help you develop habits that will enable you to excel in school, with friends, and at home. You can’t always be the best, but you can always give your best.
I encourage all students to think of an area where you would like to improve and keep working toward excellence each and everyday in all aspects of your life. Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I would ask all adults involved in a child’s life to encourage those children to strive for excellence in everything they do so that it becomes a habit that will stay with them their entire life.
Lori Scott, Principal
I serve as assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School and am very excited to begin the next phase of my career at our new school. I served sixteen years as the Director of Bands at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg. Before coming to RCB, I served as Director of Bands for ten years at Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Fairmont State University and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from West Virginia University. I also served as Music Coordinator for the Harrison County school system for twenty years, where I monitored all of the county’s events, curriculum, and staffing.
I was inducted into Phi Beta Mu in 1997, which is the International Bandmasters Honorary Fraternal Organization. I am a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the West Virginia Music Educators Association, the West Virginia Bandmasters Association, and the National Federation of Interscholastic Music Association.
I reside with my wife Patricia, three sons, Patrick, Joseph, and Matthew, and a precocious West Highland White Terrier named Molly in Bridgeport. I enjoy fishing, tennis, following my sons’ activities, and travel whenever time permits.
Jim Ellis, Assistant Principal