Naida Scaggs

Naida Scaggs (June 28, 2011)

Naida B. Scaggs, a longtime Baltimore County elementary school educator, died June 16 of pancreatic cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 65.

The daughter of a chemist and a homemaker, Naida Burkholder was born in Baltimore and raised on East 32nd Street.

After graduating from Eastern High School in 1963, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1967 in elementary education from what is now Towson University. She later earned a master's degree in education from what is now Loyola University Maryland.

The longtime Timonium resident spent her entire 30-year career at Pot Spring Elementary School until retiring in 1999.

For the past 12 years, Mrs. Scaggs continued working at Pot Spring as a substitute teacher in grades pre-K through fifth, until she was diagnosed in May with the cancer that claimed her life.

"She was available to teachers who needed a long-term substitute because of illness, maternity or family leave," said her sister-in-law, Paula Burkholder, a retired Baltimore Sun advertising department employee.

Mrs. Burkholder said that students particularly looked forward to her scented sticker rewards.

"Naida had a very giving heart," Mrs. Burkholder said. "She would readily give to others that needed help and was a mentor to many who were beginning their teaching careers. If she knew of a need, she would be the first to offer help."

Mrs. Scaggs was an avid reader.

"But her real life was the children," said Mrs. Burkholder.

She was a member of Long Green Baptist Church, where services were held June 25.

Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Kim Beltran of Monkton and Kelly Campen of Falls Church, Va.; a brother, Harry Burkholder of Lutherville; and five grandchildren. Her two marriages ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com