After spring break, 24-year Yosemite, Calif. high school science and multimedia teacher Gary Sconce will return to teach as her true self, she says: Karen Adell Scot.
The 56-year-old husband, father and award-winning teacher came out to family in April that since early childhood, she’s felt like a female trapped in a male body. Since then, Sconce has been undergoing hormone replacement therapy and transitioning into Scot.
It’s been a scary and emotionally painful transformation, but one she says was necessary. For more than half a century, Scot said, her condition — gender dysphoria — has made her feel like she was suffocating beneath a massive wave, struggling, but never prevailing, to reach the surface for a sweet breath of fresh air.
“It’s like getting out of dark solitary confinement in prison where you never saw the light,” said Scot of embracing her female identity.