Friends and family of Kimberly Scott are reeling from the sudden death of the beloved mother, elementary school teacher and counselor who lost her life in a head-on car crash on the Hobson Pike bridge just after dawn last Tuesday.
Hundreds gathered to mourn Scott, 49, at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet over the weekend. She is remembered for her kind and caring heart, gentle soul and devotion to those in need.
Internment was at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Scott is survived by two sons, Dylan, 23, and Grayson, 15. Friends said her boys were her life.
According to police, the crash happened at 6:29 a.m. last Tuesday. Antonio Villalva, 22, of Antioch was also killed in the collision. According to reports, Villalva crossed the center line and struck Scott head on. She was headed to La Vergne for her teaching job at Roy Waldron Elementary School where she was a student interventionist. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.
Scott also volunteered regularly at All For Him Ministry, a Nashville-based nonprofit helping homeless people. Scott had a counseling practice in Mt. Juliet.
“My mother was a selfless, unconditionally loving human being with a beautiful soul who dedicated her life to others,” Dylan Scott said.
Prior to her work at Waldron Elementary, Scott spent many years teaching at Rutland Elementary School in Mt. Juliet. Her best friend, Julie VanCleve, was also a teacher there at the same time. VanCleve said Scott taught second, third and fifth grades at Rutland from 2002 to 2016.
VanCleve taught Scott’s son Dylan in first and third grades. She said she can’t process the sudden death of her best friend of 18 years.
“I still can’t believe it,” she said in almost a whisper. “Kim had the biggest heart and would literally give the shirt off of her back to anyone. She was that 3 a.m. friend. Her absence leaves a big hole in many lives because of her selfless devotion to others. She truly was a selfless person.”
Former long-time Rutland principal Yvonne Kittrell ran the school during Scott’s tenure there.
“I had the honor of having Kim as a teacher at Rutland when I served as principal there,” she said. “Kim was a wonderful mother and teacher. Kim loved her students unconditionally and she became a part of their educational journey, keeping up with them over the years. She has touched many lives as an educator and friend and she will be deeply missed.”
After starting her private counseling practice, Sandrin Counseling, Scott went to work at Waldron Elementary in August 2018,
“The Roy Waldron Elementary community is heartbroken by the tragic car accident that has claimed the life of teacher Kimberly Scott,” Rutherford County Schools Communications Director James Evans said. “She was involved in multiple outreach efforts in the community and touched a lot of lives both inside and outside of school. Her positive energy will indeed be missed.
He said the school administration spoke with employees the day of her death, and parents received a message that evening so they could talk with their children. Grief counselors were also on hand the next day for the students.
VanCleve said that Scott loved to get to the school early to get organized for the day.
All For Him Ministry founder Heather Young said she met Scott at Third Coast Salt in Mt. Juliet where Scott set up her counseling practice. She was a volunteer with the ministry the past three years.
“There are not enough words for all she has done for All for Him Ministry,” Young said. “Her compassion and warrior prayer for our unhoused … our amusement of how organized she kept everything on the hygiene table, making food for our retreats, making sure everyone had their socks and clothing. We were organized with her checklist for sleeping bags and more. Her handprint is forged and stamped on this organization.”
Young said Scott was the “incredible, beautiful, real, compassionate, original human being on this earth.”
VanCleve said Scott probably didn’t realize what a touchstone she was in this world.
“I hope she can see the outpouring of love for her, and how many lives she affected,” she said.