Persevere Staff spotlight Shayla Scott

Faces of Persevere: Meet Shayla Scott

Our greatest asset is our staff. Our team cares deeply about their work, our participants and is a wealth of knowledge. Plus they are pretty amazing humans as well. Meet the faces of Persevere.

Name: Shayla Scott

Position and Location
Program ReEntry Lead, Arizona

How long have you worked for Persevere?
Since June 2021

Where are you originally from?
A little all over the Midwest. I was born in Nebraska but also resided in North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, and more. More often than not, I’ll say Kansas for simplicity sake because I graduated from High School there!

What do you love most about your job?
What I love most about my job is the perfect balance between teamwork, work-life balance, our shared commitment to making a positive impact for those we serve, and the continuous opportunities for personal and professional growth and learning. All of this would not be possible without the amazing leadership team, specifically in Arizona, and the wonderful staff that keeps us moving every day.

Why Persevere?
I came to Persevere after needing a change from Child Welfare Investigations. Incarceration is a topic that is dear to me as I have family who are justice-impacted.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A social worker (this is so boring because I became one haha).
Looking back on your life, who or what makes you instantly light up?
Any scenic view at night where I can see city lights. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for good lighting, city views, flames, and/or candlelight. I’m like a moth.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I received is actually from a book by Glennon Doyle. The advice is as follows: “The building of the true & beautiful means the destruction of the good enough. Rebirth means death… our next life will always cost us this one.”
Describe your perfect day.
I get to sleep in, have a yummy eggs-benedict breakfast with a chai latte, before some stretching and showering. I spend the rest of my day with my dog, reading a book by a rainy window, and/or maybe a small game night with my closest friends.
What are you most proud of about yourself?
I’m single handedly most proud of my resilience and knowledge. There were many life circumstances presented to me that should have or could have resulted in me failing in a lot of ways in this life, but here I am today: Successful, full of love, and caring about others while making a difference in my community both with and outside of Persevere.
Favorite Movie or TV show?
My all-time favorite movie is 500 Days of Summer. I can quote the entire film.
Do you have any pets?
I have a Jack Russell Terrier named Digit. He is just 6 years old and the love of my life. He is by far the smartest dog I’ve ever met (I’m not just saying that because I’m his mom). Jack Russell’s are known for their intelligence, energy, and tenacity. Digit can open jars of peanut butter using the screw top, and he consistently breaks into our trash can despite BEAR LOCKS having been installed.
What is something about you that would surprise us?
In May of 2023 I started a journey into Pole Fitness. I spend about 2-5 hours a week inside a pole studio learning various tricks, performance practices, and strength and conditioning exercises and it is such a freeing experience that I would recommend anyone give a shot to. I’m also a painter, and do armature portrait photography for my close friends and family.
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