Valerie Scott Price

Valerie Scott Price was born in Newport News, Virginia at Whittaker Memorial Hospital on August 13, 1952. She grew up in a family that was very involved in the local community: her father, Dr. Charles Waldo Scott, was a surgeon and first Black member of the Newport News School Board in the 20th century and her mother, Mae Hamlin Scott, was a science teacher at Newport News High School. Price attended Jefferson Elementary School from kindergarten to fifth grade. From sixth to seventh grade, she attended Walter Reed Middle School. When she began eighth grade in 1965, she helped to integrate Newport News High School as part of the “freedom of choice” program and graduated in 1970. She then attended the Hampton Institute where she received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education. After graduation, she worked as a teacher for thirty years, first in Washington D.C. and then in Newport News. She also earned her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Old Dominion University.

-Interview and biographical information recorded in 2023.