Scott Beckett grew up in Iowa City, IA and earned an A.B. in Social Relations from Harvard University (1974), where he lettered in Fencing. In 1980, he received his M.S. in Forestry from Auburn University while thriving in academic and spiritual communities. While living for several years in Missoula, MT, he earned his Secondary Teaching Certificates in Biology, General Science, and Mathematics and began his instructional career teaching fractions to junior high schoolers, where both their sense of humor and their amazement at actually understanding math cemented his vocation.
He returned to Alabama in 1990, teaching secondary math and science before starting to teach Basic Algebra Skills at Jacksonville State University (Dept. of Learning Skills, 1998 - present). Ever since, he has explored different ways to help students experience success in algebra. During that period he also underwent a gradual transition--under the tutelage of Dr. Claudia McDade--from his humanistic and constructivist roots to his current philosophical stance of behaviorism combined with a healthy dose of skepticism. He became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2012, and then began his M.S. program in Psychology, with the goal of helping more disadvantaged students pass college algebra. His research interest is how to adapt Direct Instruction and Precision Teaching to increase student success in college developmental algebra.
Scott enjoys photography, reading, and hiking in the national forest with his two yellow Labrador Retrievers.
Favorite Quotes: "...if the student has not learned, then the teacher has not taught...." Zig Engelmann.