Remembering a Warrior
Maine West social worker Scott Christopher Lloyd, husband to Jane and father of Ethan and Alexandra Lloyd, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 18 2016 while on a trip in Wisconsin. He was born on March 4, 1962, in Blue Island, IL.
With experience as a science teacher and dean, Mr. Lloyd is remembered most by those at West for his two and a half years of work as a social worker and for the profound impact he had on the lives of co-workers and students alike.
Transitioning from a job as a dean at Maine East, Lloyd joined West with a passion and dedication for helping students. “When he was a dean, he started to work toward his masters in social work. He was always a social worker at heart and he really wanted to be a social worker,” Dr. Claudia Rueda-Alvarez, assistant principal of student services and a friend to Lloyd said.
“He was always very in tune with the students and with what they had to say. He had an approach to discipline that was not like a punisher who’d say ‘let me tell you what your consequences are.’ Instead, he would engage in conversation with the students. So, he got that good reputation in our department,” Rueda-Alvarez said.
As a social worker, however, Lloyd was given the opportunity to truly impact students in a special way. “Mr. Lloyd had a way with some kids that were hard to reach and could just really connect with them,” social worker Cristina Ramirez said.
“The hard part with social work is that you don’t see the connections between the people; you only see what’s on the outside. What I can say is that there were kids that in some ways maybe seemed unapproachable or that people had a hard time connecting with and he was able to connect with them in ways that not everyone could,” Ramirez said.
Outside of his professional life, Lloyd would carry these kind characteristics with him. “He was caring. He wanted to do the best to help other people,” Rueda-Alvarez said.
Being a system of support for both students and staff, Lloyd was very dependable. “He’d have your back all the time. He was just your go-to guy when things were going great and when things were going not too great,” said Ramirez.
For those who knew him, Lloyd is described as caring and sensitive, even if some people took a different first impression.
Capturing his humor and genuine nature, Ramirez recounted “He used to often say in groups. ‘I know I look like a cop or like I’m in the military,’ because people would walk into a group and say ‘oh my, who is this guy?’ And he’d say ‘I know that’s what I look like, but I’m actually not that; I’m a social worker,’ and I think that’s who he was in his heart. He was a dean for a long time but I feel like in his heart he was really just a social worker.”
His tough appearance and accepting character made Lloyd all the more unique and loved at West. Noting this Rueda-Alvarez said, “I think that’s why boys especially liked him so much and were attracted to him, because he was a good listener and he also knew how difficult it is many times for boys to show their feelings.”
Through his strength and sensitivity, Lloyd now remains a role model for many to follow. “I think he embodied in a lot of ways what we want our young men to be in the future: strong yet sensitive, like a manly guy but at the same time able to have a lot of feelings and connect with people,” Ramirez said.
With this recent loss, family and friends of Lloyd grieve and struggle with moving forward. However, continuing his legacy of passion and kindness, Ramirez said, “He’d want all of you guys to stay in school and pursue whatever it is that you want. I think he was truly a man who thought that people have to pursue what they’re passionate about and that, like Mr. Lloyd, you may not find that on your first attempt in your job seeking, but you might find it on your second or your third, and that’s okay.”