Scott Hollinger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a child, he lived in Lima, Peru, for two years, where his father was a teacher at the FDR American School. Returning to the States, Scott went to elementary school in the Columbus, Ohio area and graduated from Vinson High School in Huntington, West Virginia. Scott attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, graduating with a BA in languages and a BS in education. While teaching Spanish and French at an inner-city middle school, he continued at The Ohio State University, studying deaf education and earning a Master's degree. Deaf education brought Scott to Memorial High School in McAllen, Texas, where he taught English and math, and eventually served as chair of the special education department. In 1989, Scott began his studies in Mid-Management at the then-Pan American University. Scott worked many years for the McAllen Independent School District. He took the central office position of Supervisor of the Regional School for the Deaf in 1989, became principal of Fields Elementary School in 1994, and then principal of McAuliffe Elementary School in 1998. During this time, he began his doctoral work, graduating from The University of Texas-Pan American in 2000. A highlight in Scott's professional career, he was named the National Distinguished Principal of Texas in 2003. He took the position of Principal at Quest College Preparatory School, a new McAllen-area public secondary charter school of the IDEA Public School System that opened in July of 2006. He also serves as a clinical professor in the UTPA College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership. Scott enjoys singing, is a member of the South Texas Symphony Chorale, and for 22 years has served as bivocational Minister of Music, leading worship at three McAllen churches.