Ellen Taylor was born into an education family: her grandfather was the superintendent of schools for 37 years in Dawson Springs, Kentucky; her parents were both teachers; and her sisters have degrees and practice in classrooms in Virginia and Texas. She always assumed the role of teacher when playing school as a child, and categorized her book collection, complete with book cards, while in the fourth grade.
Mrs. Taylor majored in Elementary Education, with a minor in Library Science, as an undergraduate at Austin Peay State University. The following year, she served as the Graduate Assistant to the Director of Student Teaching and earned her Masters in Reading, with a minor in Psychology. She has taken various post-graduate courses, with an emphasis on educational technology, and has presented at conferences and professional development courses.
As a military wife, Mrs. Taylor enjoyed a variety of educational opportunities and settings. She taught in regular elementary classrooms, Title I Reading, elementary and high school library media centers, community colleges, learning centers, and as a private reading specialist while living overseas. She recently retired from her latest role as a high school library media specialist in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. She also served as school web master for over eleven years, designing and maintaining the schools’ current information and photos.
She was selected as the Teacher of the Year in 1993 at Kenwood Elementary School; she was awarded a $10,000 Goals 2000 Grant for technology at Clarksville High School; and was honored with a Great Ideas Award from the Clarksville Education Foundation to implement a reading incentive program at Rossview High School. She was acknowledged with a Point of Pride for her role in working with the Tennessee Association of School Librarians, and did various consulting work in conjunction with establishing a teaching materials library and website at the CMCSS Teachers Center.
Mrs. Taylor is excited to share her educational life experience with teacher candidates in the Ready2Teach program, serving through the College of Education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.
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