Bio/Overview: Katie Taylor is currently serving the students and teachers in Tacoma, Washington by working at Tacoma Public Schools overseeing the instructional coach program for the middle and high schools. As a 2010 and 2014 Teaching Ambassador Fellow, Taylor worked on the Labor Management Collaboration Summit and Teach to Lead, amplifying teacher voice. Her teaching journey started at age 7 when her mother watched her use the chalkboard in her room to teach her younger brother (then 4) to read and do addition. Taylor’s love of reading and literature resulted in her earning a bachelor’s degree of English, but it took a while longer to find her way to teaching. What finally won her over was tutoring middle school students at an at-risk school, and realizing she could teach the real-life antiheroes like the ones she adored in literature, and affect a different outcome for them by offering a different high school experience than the ones they, and she, had experienced. Taylor began teaching high school English in Portland, Oregon after completing her graduate degree and her experience has included urban and suburban schools in OR and WA. Her first foray into teacher leadership was serving as a high-school level instructional coach for all grades-all subjects at a high needs school in Lakewood, WA. Her passion for teacher leadership led her to work for the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP) and serve as the organization’s Deputy Director for Teacher Leadership and Learning for five years.
Educational Values/Philosophy: A systems-thinker, Taylor is interested in how we can focus our time, resources and creative energy on what matters most: the classroom, and help to empower teachers to meet the needs of all the students we teach. Recognizing that there are no one-size fits all solutions to the complex work of education, Taylor is interested in amplifying the voices of those who work with students every day to make sure they have a say in the way our students are educated.
Achievements: National Board Certified Teacher, University of Washington-Bothell & University of Puget Sound adjunct faculty, Board Member – Abeo School Change.
Leadership Experience: A veteran teacher, and former Deputy Director, Taylor now works to support teacher leadership within Tacoma Public Schools. As a 2010 Fellow, Taylor assisted with a Labor Management Collaboration Summit and saw first hand the power of bringing different stakeholders. As a 2014 Fellow, she supported Teach to Lead and contributed teacher voice to policy discussions reflected in the reauthorized ESSA.
Affiliations: Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP-WA network of NBCT), Coalition of Essential Schools, Learning Forward, ASCD, and Teachers United 253.
Education: Taylor received a bachelor’s degree of English from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Later, she graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master’s in English Education. She is currently pursuing her Administrative Credentials from Washington State University.
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