Laurie Scott-Reyes

Writer/Editor - Artist- Educator - U.S. Army Retired 



                                                           Laurie Scott-Reyes

                                                        U.S. Army Sergeant Major (Ret.)

                                                                                                                            Personal Information

Email:                                     ode[email protected]

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Place of Birth:                         Frankfurt, Germany

Nationality:                              U.S. Citizen

Marital Status:                         Married, no children


Highlights of Qualifications

• Proven success in English (teaching and writing), journalism, and communications

• Accomplished fine artist  

• More than 25 years of editing, and publication layout and design experience

• Practical foundation in public relations, media relations and foreign diplomacy

• Conversational Spanish

• Excellent research skills—archives, internet, libraries, etc.

• Above average computer skills on PCs and Macintosh

• Adept with Windows, Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint

• Knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, AP and APA Style guides

• Author of the creative nonfiction books Consider the Ravens, Path of Embers and When Ravens Dare to Sing

• Dance Fitness Instructor


Civilian Education

 Harvard Ext.                          Entering Final Semester at Harvard Extension School                                                   

Vermont College of Norwich University                                    Graduated 1999

Masters of Fine in Arts in Writing

University of South Carolina                                                       Graduated 1994.

Certificate of Completion in compressed,

graduate-level, Advanced Mass Communications Course

University of the State of New York (Excelsior)                         Graduated 1989

BS in Journalism/English

Military Education

State Department Foreign Service Institute                               Graduated 1990

Certificate of Completion

in Spanish Language, Latin American history,

culture and government 

Army Sergeants Major Academy                                                 1997-1998

Curriculum: Research, Leadership, Counseling, Oral

Communications, Group Dynamics, and Battle Strategy

Defense Information School (DINFOS)                                           

Public Affairs Supervisors Course                                                   1989  

Newspaper Editors’ Course                                                             1980

Advanced Leadership Course                                                         1989

Public Affairs Supervisor Course                                                     1990

Professional Experience

College of Central Florida                                                             08/2008-05/2014

Adjunct Instructor: English Composition

and Literature

Southern Vermont College                                                            08/2007-05/2008 

Writing Specialist

English Composition 101, 102;

English 303 (Writing for the Professions)

Writing Lab Instructor

College of Central Florida                                                             08/2005-05/2007


Instructor: English Composition 1101

Instructor: Reading

Supervisor: Supervisor Writing Center

Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga.                                 08/2002-05/2005

Instructor (part-time)

Taught English Composition 1101 Planned and

implemented course curriculum

Russell County High School, Seale, Alabama                            08/2002-05/2005


First year/first semester: Freshman English

First year/second semester: Freshman English, Journalism,

and Drama I

Second year/first semester: Honors English III & IV

Second year/second semester: Journalism, Freshman English,

and Dual Enrollment English (Chattahoochee Valley Community


Retired from Army/Independent Writer/Illustrator                         06/2000-07/2002

Finished writing book, When Ravens Dare to Sing

and promoted it.

Public Affairs, Third U.S. Army, Ft. McPherson, Georgia               1999-2000                       

Public Affairs Manager/Sergeant Major

Supervised and taught four photojournalists and prepared

them for deployments to the Middle East; Managed

resources for the Fort McPherson Public Affairs Office

and a subordinate public affairs office in Kuwait. Managed

rotating assignments of public affairs detachments and

public affairs officers to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia; Authored

a standard operating procedures guide for the Kuwait

detachment; Public Speaker; Edited external press releases

prepared by soldier-journalists.

Public Affairs, III Corps, Ft. Hood, Texas                                          1998-1999

Public Affairs Manager/Sergeant Major

Supervised and taught eight photojournalists; Assignments

manager for fifty public affairs specialists to rotating duty

in Bosnia, Honduras, The Sinai and Kuwait; Managed

office newspaper production, public relations and media

relations; Public speaker/events narrator.

U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Ft. Bliss, Texas                        1997-1998

Student Curriculum: Research, Leadership,

Oral Communications, Group Dynamics, Effective Writing,

Battle Strategy.

Soldiers Magazine, Pentagon                                                                1995-1997

Associate Editor/Writer/Illustrator Edited magazine copy

and proofread blue-lines; Traveled worldwide to write

stories and take photos; Supervised a senior photojournalist

and photographer. Budget and

procurement officer; Augmentee to the Public Affairs

Response Cell of the Bosnia Crisis Response Team in

the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center.

Public Affairs Office, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma                                               1993-1995

Public Affairs Chief

Supervised and trained four photojournalists; Wrote and

illustrated for post newspaper; Wrote external news

releases; Media escort; Public speaker/events narrator;

Office property manager.

U.S. Embassy Defense Attaché Office, Managua                                 1991-1993

Operations and Intelligence Assistant

Researched, wrote, edited and processed classified

intelligence information reports; Conducted statistical

analysis of intelligence reports; Maintained special

access to top- secret files; coordinated airspace

clearances with Managua International Airport for

disaster relief flights and all U.S. Department of Defense

flights passing through Nicaraguan airspace or over land

in country; Security officer.

Defense Intelligence College, Washington, D.C.                                       1990-1991


Curriculum: Intelligence gathering; Editing and analysis

of intelligence reports; Budget preparation; Anti-terrorism

driving; Hostage survival; Personal security; Foreign

Diplomacy; Spanish language and culture course at the

State Department Foreign Service Institute.

Pacific Stars & Stripes Newspaper, Pentagon                                1989-1990

Washington Correspondent

Coordinated stories with Stars & Stripes headquarters

in Tokyo, Japan; Covered Pentagon and Capitol Hill

and wrote and edited stories pertinent to U.S. Department

of Defense personnel stationed in the Pacific region;

Tracked legislation of interest to DoD personnel

stationed in the Pacific by attending congressional

hearings and conducting interviews with members of congress.

Tropic Times Newspaper, Republic of Panama                              1986-1989

Editor/Senior Photojournalist

Edited and wrote for the Tropic time; Edited and managed

production of Honduras- based, Joint Task Force-Bravo

Newspaper; Southern Command correspondent to El

Salvador, Honduras, Peru and Bolivia.

Other Accomplishments/Awards

Winner of Florida Publishers Association book award (memoir)

Nominated for Georgia author of the year

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Army Meritorious Service Medal

Army Legion of Merit

Army Commendation Medal

National Defense Service Medal

Nominated Georgia Author of the Year

Adviser, RCHS Newspaper

Adviser, RCHS Poetry Club

Determined “highly qualified” teacher of English and Journalism by the Alabama State Education Department










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