In addition to holding multiple positions in public education and his community, Scott has received awards for his scholarship, teaching, and leadership, including the Mentorship Award from South Whidbey Schools Foundation, and the WALA Educator of the Year Award (Washington Association for Learning Alternatives). He has served as the President of WALA, and has been a featured presenter and keynote speaker at many WALA conferences.
Scott describes his influence in public education as pioneering learning environments infused with a sense of community and working collaboratively with students, parents, and other partners. He is recognized as an outstanding school leader, who leads with heart and supports people in his school community to work with joy and commitment through distributed leadership and developing shared purpose.
When asked why he has dedicated his career to education, Scott shares, “I believe the purpose of education is human happiness and fulfillment. We meet that purpose by creating learning environments that nurture equity and inclusion, and foster the transformational relationship between teacher and student.”
Scott works well with organizational complexity and challenge, and skillfully applies his adaptive leadership skills and vast knowledge and experience in public schools with children and adults.
On the personal side, Scott is a Native Cascadian, born in Seattle and raised in Redmond, Washington. His father and grandfather were in the lumber industry, and he grew up playing in evergreen forests and lumber yards stacked with cedar boards. An avid outdoorsman at an early age, Scott has spent his childhood and life backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing, skiing, kayaking, fishing, and hunting all around Washington.
Curious about human interconnectedness, race, and culture, Scott has also traveled to Southern Africa, Japan, and Central and South America. 25 years ago he moved to Whidbey Island with his wife where they built a new family and an organic farm while he worked as an alternative high school teacher.
Scott has two sons Sage (24, married to Rohini), and Sawyer (18), and lives in Chimacum, Washington with his wife, Maggie. They enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing, gardening, cooking, and reading by the fire.