Laurie Scott-Reyes was born into a U.S. Army family in Frankfurt, Germany. She spent most of her childhood on her grandparents' Alabama farm in Crawford, the western rural fringe of Phenix City and moved with her family to Indianapolis during her junior year in high school. She attended Crispus Attucks High School where she learned the crafts of sewing and fashion design. After graduation she worked as an alterations tailor in a men’s clothing store in Indianapolis and eventually moved to Atlanta where she attended the Art Institute of Atlanta. She majored in fashion design while working part-time as a model and department store demonstrator of a curious new invention called the “microwave oven.”
Disenchanted with the fashion industry, Laurie longed for a more meaningful vocation. She quit the institute during her final semester and joined the U.S. Army as a photojournalist and illustrator. Her secondary specialty was Engineering Illustrator. During a twenty-two year span, she was stationed at Fort Hamilton, N.Y, the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hi, Fort Eustis and Fort Belvoir, Va., the Pentagon, the 193rd Infantry Division and the Southern Command, both in the Republic of Panama. Fort Sill, Okla., and Fort McPherson, Ga. Journalism assignments took her to Japan, Korea, Peru, Honduras, Bolivia, Belize and El Salvador during the civil war there. During a reclassification from journalism, she spent two years working as an Army intelligence writer and analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency with duty at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua.
In 1997 she was promoted to the Army's highest enlisted rank of sergeant major and subsequently attended the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy in El Paso, Texas where she was among twenty-nine women in a class of 460 soldiers. There she met and married Army Ranger, Airborne jumpmaster, and sniper, Sergeant Major Israel Reyes-Rodriguez of La Perla San Juan, Puerto Rico. Both graduated in the top 10 percent of their class.
Laurie retired at Fort McPherson, Ga. in June 2000 after 22 years of service. She has since worked as a High School teacher, College English instructor, tutor, and fitness instructor. She is currently an independent writer, artist and a graduate student of English at Harvard University Extension School. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing degree from Vermont College, Montpelier, Vt. Her plan is to combine art, writing, and fitness dance to work in the field of Art in Medicine.