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Who is Monica Scott?

Dr. Monica E. Scott is a champion for education and a voice for the voiceless. She believes that every child can learn when they have a certified, caring, friendly, and innovative teacher standing before them; every child is entitled to an awesome education regardless of their race and/or zip code.

She lives by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” Another quote she loves to reference is: “Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day; teach him how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime” (Chinese proverb).

What are Monica Scott’s credentials?

Scott was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and she continued her education by earning a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education and family and consumer sciences from South Carolina State University, a master’s degree in divergent learning from Columbia College, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from South Carolina State University. She also holds an educational specialist certification from the University of Cambridge.

What is Monica Scott’s work experience?

She is a retired elementary school principal with more than 30 years’ experience. Currently, Scott is an entrepreneur who serves as an educational consultant; she trains thousands of educators nationwide in classroom management, data analysis, and instructional leadership.

Scott has worked in a variety of capacities, including teaching kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, and high school; and serving as a school administrator at the elementary and high school levels. Most recently, she worked as principal of an elementary school in a neighboring district. She is a former adjunct professor in the education department at the University of South Carolina Upstate and Columbia College.

She is actively involved in community service, and she feels that it’s her duty, responsibility, and calling to give back to the underprivileged.

Scott serves on numerous boards, committees, and organizations, including the South Carolina School Boards Association (director for Region 8), South Carolina Association for School Administrators, South Carolina Alliance of Black Educators, South Carolina School Board Caucus of Black School Board Members, Carolina Women for Change, and Empowerment Board.

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority (Order of the Eastern Star), and she is a life member of the NAACP and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 4262. She is a charter member of the American Business Women’s Association and Women Connecting Women, and she is a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem. Scott is a former volunteer with the Richland County Sheriff Department’s Youth Arbitration Program.

Her past community work includes service on the Minority Recruitment Committee for Richland District 2, Richland Two Charter School Board, South Carolina Education Association Board, Richland County Education Association Board, and Richland County First Steps Board.

In 2009, in honor of her late grandmother, Louetta Gantt, Dr. Scott created an educational scholarship foundation (with her own money) in which she gives out $500 scholarships to several students to assist them with their educational goals toward college.

What does Monica Scott do for fun?

Scott is married and is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, traveling, comedy shows, bowling, and reading leadership books.

She believes that she must be a champion for every student, teacher, and parent because it takes a village to change the world.