Scott holds a B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and M.A. from the University of Rochester and an M.Phil from Columbia University. Scott became the Head of School for Trevor Day School in July 2014. He began his career at the Harley School in Rochester, NY, where he taught history and psychology and served as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. At Greens Farms Academy in Westport, he chaired the history department and served as Head of the Lower School and Assistant Head of School.
For 15 years prior to joining Trevor, Scott served as Head of Bancroft School in Worcester, MA, a coeducational, Pre-K through Grade 12 day school with 520 students. During his tenure at Bancroft, he led the strategic thinking efforts toward construction of new Lower and Middle School facilities, as well as renovation of the Science Center. He also worked closely with his faculty on significant curricular revisions and innovative programming, project-based learning, an iPad program, and STEM advancements. Scott successfully led Bancroft’s centennial capital campaign and helped to double their endowment.
Scott is currently the President of the Guild of Independent Schools of New York City and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York. He previously completed a three-year term as Board President of the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE), where he served as a trustee for eight years.
His writing on the subject of education includes Meet Children Where They Are, Helicopters, Homework and Happiness: Parents, Children and School, Putting Everything in Perspective, Rigor and the Pursuit of Happiness, and Coeducation at Trevor. Scott also speaks on many topics, including inquiry-based learning, building cooperative educational communities, the changing landscape of community colleges in the U.S, and the balance between rigor and happiness in K–12 education.
There are myriad connections between Trevor Day School’s values and vision and Scott’s educational philosophies. He deeply believes that it is an educator’s responsibility to nurture the inherent gifts in each individual child. He is focused on cultivating a lifelong love of learning in students, and helping to develop young people who are self-directed and responsible global citizens. Scott teaches Advanced U.S. History at Trevor, as well as a senior Bridge seminar on Presidential Elections.
Scott’s warm and communicative nature is a clear fit for Trevor’s collaborative educational environment. He is a generative thinker and committed to the support and development of faculty and staff. His highly effective strategic thinking and planning is an invaluable asset to lead growth and change. Scott led the yearlong strategic thinking process at Trevor, resulting in the school’s guiding 2016 Strategic Plan. He oversaw the completion of the construction of Trevor’s LEED Gold Middle and Upper School building on East 95th Street, as well as the three-year renovation of Trevor’s Lower School at 1 West 88th Street. To quote Scott, “Indeed, this is an exciting and hopeful time to be in education and to be a school leader. The challenges are myriad, but the potential almost infinite.”