Company: Florida Futures Academy Charter High School
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Carolyn Taylor, Principal at Florida Futures Academy Charter High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educator for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education administration.
Following earning a Master of Public Administration from Texas Southern University in Houston, Ms. Taylor obtained an all but dissertation from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. After working for several years in corrections and as Franklin County Deputy Sheriff in Columbus, Ohio, she has provided superior service since 2015 as principal of the Florida Futures Academy Charter High School.
In her capacity as principal, Ms. Taylor ensures that 15 to 21-year-old mostly low to middle-income young adults take advantage of their second chance to earn a high school diploma, receive vocational training and pursue college education. In addition, she helps provide food, shelter and clothing to homeless students.
Ms. Taylor’s professional memberships include National Women of Achievement (NWOA) and [Business] Professional African American Women. For her excellence in education administration, she has garnered a place in the National Women of Achievement, Inc. Galena Park Houston Metroplex 2021 Profiles of Prominence.
Ms. Taylor attributes her success to her devotion to her students, most of whom come from a single-parent and low to middle-income families. For 17 years, she has been preparing Thanksgiving dinner for them. She makes turkey, dressing, green beans and soufflé. For the same length of time, Ms. Taylor has also been gifting them with macaroni and cheese meals and chicken nuggets every Christmas. She often organizes activities and games with them, giving them gift cards and prizes that they take home to their parents.
Ms. Taylor’s career choice was partially influenced by her aunt, who was an educator, but it was her experience as a deputy sheriff in Columbus, Ohio, working in corrections in the early ’70s, that led her to a career in education. She was moved by the plight of a young man who kept coming and out of jail, haunted by the thought that young people like him must have been deprived of proper guidance. Determined to help prevent such individuals from taking the wrong path in life, she left Ohio, went to Houston to study law. After her father passed away, however, she was unable to complete the degree and decided instead to pursue her master’s degree and enter the field of education. Ms. Taylor feels proudest of helping students with disabilities receive their high school diploma without receiving any remuneration.
Within two years, Ms. Taylor plans to complete her dissertation for her doctorate degree. She has been researching on the effects of alternative schools on Black and Brown students, and she is dedicating her work to them.
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