Before joining the TIE team as a Learning Specialist in 2008, Scott spent 6 years as a high school English, drama and speech teacher in Texas, Nebraska and Colorado, and taught 10 years as a full time English, theatre and language arts Education professor at York College (Nebraska), Black Hills State University, and Abilene Christian University. He holds an M.A. in English Curriculum and Instruction and a Ph.D. in English Creative Writing, both from the University of Nebraska– Lincoln. He also spent about 3 years as the Executive Director of a youth and family camp in the Rockies of Northern New Mexico. Scott is a published poet, writer, songwriter and indie music producer and does most of his best creating and thinking while hiking Black Hills trails with his wife Sheryl and their dogs Gandi, Gilly, Ellie and Oscar.