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Monica E. Scott

Dr. Monica E. Scott, Ed.D., was first elected to the Richland Two Board of Trustees in 2012 and was reelected in 2016 and 2020. She was born and raised in Columbia where she graduated from Columbia High School in Richland District One and continued her education, earning a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and family and consumer sciences, a master’s in divergent learning, and educational specialist and doctorate degrees in educational leadership.
 
Dr. Scott retired in 2020. An educator for more than 30 years, Dr. Scott has worked in a variety of capacities ranging from kindergarten, first- and fourth-grade teacher, high school teacher, where she taught Family and Consumer Sciences (Home Economics) to serving as an 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 USC Upstate and Columbia College. Dr. Scott has served on the board for the South Carolina Education Association and as vice-president for the Richland County Education Association.
 
She serves on numerous boards and committees including the South Carolina Schools Board Association (SCSBA), South Carolina Association for School Administrators (SCASA), South Carolina Alliance of Black Educators (SCABSE), South Carolina School Board Caucus of Black School Board, Carolina Women for Change and Empowerment Board. She is a member of  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eastern Star as well as a life member of the NAACP and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post # 4262. She is a Charter member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) in Newberry; Women Connecting Women, and Dr. Scott is a court appointed Guardian Ad Litem. She is a volunteer with the Richland County Sheriff Department's Youth Arbitration Program. Past community work includes service on the Minority Recruitment Committee for Richland District Two, Richland Two Charter School board, South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) Board, Richland County Education Association (RCEA) Board and Richland County First Steps Board.

In 2015, Dr. Scott was selected by the NEA (National Education Association) to be a part of Local Progress’s very first school board cohort which was launched at Local Progress’s annual convening  in Los Angeles, Ca. in a first time School Board cohort composed of two School Board members per state. The NEA selected board members from each state who share their values and vision about education to join Local Progress – is a network of thousands of elected officials from around the country committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities, and effective government.
 
Dr. Scott is a native of Columbia and has resided in Richland Two for more than three decades. She is a member of First Northeast Baptist Church and is married. She has completed the highest Level 6 training in the SCSBA Boardmanship Institute.