Congratulations to Scott Grimmer, a long-time physical education and health teacher at De La Salle, and Andrew Campbell, school psychologist and a member of the DLS Counseling Department.
“This is certainly an honor,” said Grimmer. “Many more qualified colleagues are deserving as well. It’s humbling to be chosen by your peers.”
“It is an honor to be recognized,” Campbell said. “None of the stuff I do can be done by just me. It is a team of people, not just one person. I can’t do anything without the others in my department.”
Principal Brother Ken Kalinowski said, “Both Scott and Andrew are true examples of LaSallian educators, 'they touch not only the minds but the hearts of their students.' They are always upbeat, willing to go the extra mile, and with a generous spirit. De La Salle is lucky to have both of these professionals, and I am extremely proud and grateful for their contributions to our community.”
Grimmer will represent DLS at an on-field ceremony during the CHSL Varsity Baseball games at Comerica Park on May 19, 2023. He is also the DLS nominee to receive the Archdiocese of Detroit’s annual Excellence in Teaching Award.
A native of the Buffalo, NY area, Grimmer came to De La Salle in 1988. He left in 1996, and taught at Kalamazoo Hackett High School (Kalamazoo, MI), before returning in 2006.
In addition to teaching, Grimmer has coached various DLS teams, including football and baseball. He has also served as a strength and conditioning coach for several DLS teams, including swimming, bowling, and golf, along with football, track, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse.
He was a physical education major at Brockport State in the Rochester, NY area, and earned his master’s in exercise physiology from Bowling Green University (Bowling Green, OH) in 1995.
Grimmer was a three-sport athlete in high school - football, basketball, and track, and was on the football scout team in college as well as a long jumper,
He went into teaching because “I was always involved in athletics and enjoyed it. Teaching seemed to be a good fit.”
His son Christopher graduated from DLS in 2014; his daughter Cara graduated in 2017 from Regina.
Andrew Campbell is a North Carolina native and attended college at Clemson University where he majored in psychology.
After college, Campbell worked in the business field for several years, coming to Michigan in 2013 as a development representative for a furniture manufacturing company.
But he missed working with kids. He had coached a youth cross-country program in North Carolina and was involved with youth ministry programs. He had also worked with students who were autistic.
In 2015, he decided to quit his job and pursue studies in school psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy, earning his master’s and then a specialist degree in 2018.
Campbell joined the DLS staff in November 2018, drawn by the prospect of being involved in a Catholic high school.
In addition to his counseling responsibilities, Campbell is also the assistant for both the DLS cross-country and track and field teams.
He and his wife Julie, who were married in 2016, have three children, aged 6, 5, and 4.
Assistant Principal Chris Dean ‘89 has high praise for Campbell.
“I cannot begin to state the value Andrew has to the De La Salle community, Dean said. “His care for students, parents, and his coworkers is immediately evident as is his passion for helping others. Every day, you can find him interacting with students in a positive capacity in some way. We are fortunate to have him sharing his gifts and making an enormous difference at our school.”
Picture: Scott Grimmer, Andrew Campbell, and President Larry Rancilio.