About Scott

My Story

I have been teaching for 15 years, and every second I’m with kids is both energizing and challenging.  The memories and joy I have received from teaching are immeasurable.  Teaching is a passion and something I have done for most of my professional career and the relationships developed are lifelong.  

I grew up in sunny Southern California and I was not always a good student but I had adults that invested in me and showed me that I had worth, it was those individuals that set me on this path.  I was taught long ago, that my job was to continue to pay forward the opportunities I was given, to the next generation.  It is my mission to “Leave it Better, than I found it”, in all areas of my life.

The process of earning my Masters’ in Education Leadership has changed everything for me, giving me a sense of purpose to shift the tide in educational leadership.  There are relenting issues that plague the educational system and my goal is to impact them to provide an opportunity for other teachers and students to have a better experience.



     Disproportionate Discipline of Students in Academic Settings, Diversity in Staffing and the Impact on Student Performance in Schools


  M.A. in ED. Leadership, December 2020 – American College of Education.

  B.S. in Business – Marketing, April 2006 – University of Phoenix

  Mediation Certification conferred 12/2003



     Graphic Design Teacher: Desert Edge High School, Career and Technical Education (CTE), August 2015 to Present.

     Adjunct Lecturer: Scottsdale Community College Business Institute, Department of Business, November 2007 to 2011.

     Technology Teacher: Arcadia High School and Ingleside Middle School, Scottsdale Unified Schools, August 2006 – 2015.


  Computer Skills

  • PC and Apple products proficient
  • Adobe Suite trained
  • Synergy
  • Google Classroom and Google support programs


  • District Professional Learning Community (PLC) Content Leader
  • COVID-19 District PLC Transition Committee Leader
  • COVID-19 District Reopening Leadership Committee Member
  • State Curriculum Content Course Mapping and Standards Development Team (2019 – 20): AZCTE Curriculum Consortium
  • Site Advisory Course Planning Committee Lead and Team Member
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) District Committee Member
  • DEI Site Leadership Team
  • 35-year Basketball Coach / 23-year Head Coach



     Lovely, Scott. The First Chair.  Parker: Outskirts Press, published June 2015


  Teacher, Desert Edge High School

  • Graphic Design, and managed the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Edge Ink: Co-curricular student run business

  Adjunct Lecturer, Scottsdale Community College

  • Taught multiple undergraduate courses in Business.

  Teacher, Arcadia High School

  • Cool Stuff Technology, Computer Basics, Marketing, and managed the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO), Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)

  Teacher, Ingleside Middle School

  • Computer Basics, Video Communications and managed the Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO), Student Television Network (STN)


     Inducted into Kappa Delta Phi Honors Society (with a 4.0 GPA), 2020

     Scottsdale Unified Schools; Distinguished Teacher, nominated by students, 2008
     Arizona Republic Coach of the Year, 2007

     Arcadia High School Coach of the Year, 2007



     Arizona State Department of Education: Teachers Certification valid thru 2030

     National Business Education Association, 2020

     Phoenix Alliance of Black School Educators, 2020

     University of Phoenix: Mediation Certification, 2003 

In 2015 The First Chair hit the stands, it was praised as a book that all young coaches should be required to read.  This book was about my journey as a basketball coach and how it shaped me as an individual.  The stories were both motivational and educational focused on the leadership skills necessary to turn failing programs into successful ones, and the establishment of relationships necessary for success.

“Coach Lovely’s story involves the good and the struggles of high school coaching. It is chalk filled with nuggets for anyone just entering the profession or those who’ve been in it for years.” — Mark Wood, High School Coach.

It’s all about “Leaving it better than you found it”. “I not only enjoyed this read, and learned some ‘tip-ins’ from Coach Lovely, but it was almost like I was sitting and having a conversation with him as well, hearing of his entire journey. It is clear to me by the many former players, and coaches who added their thoughts about Coach Lovely, just how many lives he’s touched, and a legacy he’s created by doing so. Coach Lovely hasn’t just left each school or program ‘better than he found it’, he’s also done the same here in our world by his positive impact on so many lives. I would highly recommend this book to any coach, at any level, as a reminder to “from whence we’ve come”. —Jon W. “Schroeds” Schroeder High School Coach.