Phone: 685-6700


Degrees and Certifications:

University of Missouri, School of Journalism University of Montevallo, Education

Mr. Richard Scott

I love being a teacher, but I am first and foremost a husband to Karen Scott, the library media specialist and cross country/track coach at Thompson Middle School (and expert amateur home remodeler), and the father to Colin and Taylor, who live in New York and Washington D.C. We have owned five dogs, and while we were sad to see the first three pass on, we currently have two rescue dogs, including one that was used as a bait dog for dog fighting and another who was a temporary inmate at the Bibb County Correctional Facility (I kid you not). My wife and I love to travel, so we've visited 13 European countries and 44 states. We've camped in more than 15 national parks from Tennessee to North Dakota, California, and the Pacific Northwest. 

I grew up in the Kansas City, Missouri, and when I was 18 I left home and worked several jobs as a I traveled and lived on the South Side of Chicago; Missoula, Montana; Denver; Trinidad, Colorado; the St. Stephen's Indian Mission in Wyoming; and Wheeling (W.Va.) College. At Wheeling, I started playing rugby and I continued my rugby career when I entered the University of Missouri School of Journalism, one of the world's top-ranked journalism schools.

I earned a job as a sportswriter at the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune before I graduated. Three years later, I moved to Birmingham to work at the now defunct Post-Herald. I won national and state awards, but it eventually ran out of purpose for me. As I spoke to various classrooms and writing conferences and enjoyed those experiences, I finally realized God was calling me to be a teacher. So ... here I am, thankful to be at THS for my second year. #WarriorStrong