Meet Mr. H 

New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Students

Retired Naval Officer, Current Teacher Files to Run for School Board

On Friday, November 3, 2017, Scott Hottenstein, a public school teacher from Lithia, FL, filed all the necessary paperwork to run for School Board Member, District 6 in the August 28, 2018 primary election.

Hottenstein, or “Mr. H” as he’s known to the everyone at the school where he teaches, has the necessary leadership, management, and classroom experience to restore FAITH in the School Board, renew FOCUS on the students in the classroom, and ultimately FIX the problems that plague the school district.


“I’m excited to be running!” Hottenstein said. “I think we face some serious issues in Hillsborough County school district, and we need people on the School Board who will do the necessary homework to find and implement student-centered solutions. I want to be that ‘voice from the classroom’ on the board who advocates for students and teachers.”

Hottenstein, a native of Greenacres, FL, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1992 and served for the next twenty years in a wide variety of positions at home and overseas. After retiring from the Navy in 2012, Hottenstein returned to Florida. He earned his teaching certificate, served as a substitute teacher for a year, and became a full-time middle-school social-studies teacher during the 2013-2014 school year. In addition to teaching in the classroom, Hottenstein is the coach of the girls’ track team, and the faculty advisor for the Student Government Association and the Chess Club.

Hottenstein is married to a middle school counselor and has two teenage sons who attend local public schools. In the community, Hottenstein has served on his Home Owner’s Association board and has been active in various Naval Academy alumni and church groups.

Hottenstein understands that it will be extremely difficult to run a campaign while remaining a full time teacher. Scheduling time to meet people and to listen to their concerns will be a difficult task, but Hottenstein is committed. When he reached out to mentors to discuss the possibility of running for School Board, Hottenstein was encouraged by a few to seek a higher office, but he says, “This is my passion! I’m not running for School Board as a stepping stone, I’m running for School Board because I desperately want to improve education in our county.”

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