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February 14, 2014 (314) 345-2367SLPS Names Math Teacher of the Year
ST. LOUIS, MO., February 14, 2014 – St. Louis Public Schools has presented the Middle/High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year Award to a creative, approachable educator who has the rare ability to spark a reluctant student’s interest in math.
To earn the Middle/High School Mathematics Teacher of the Year award, nominees must explain their teaching philosophy and approach to teaching; provide examples of classroom lesson plans; and be recommended by an administrator and a professional colleague.
Dr. Gregory L. Taylor, a math teacher at Carnahan High School of the Future, has been recognized as the St. Louis Public School District’s Middle/High School Math Teacher of the Year for inspiring his students to want to excel and helping them to reach their fullest potential in his classes.
“It is very evident that the students respect Dr. Taylor,” said Carnahan High School of the Future Principal LaTasha Jones. “It is not uncommon for students to request to be in his class, even knowing the subject matter may be difficult, because they also know they will learn in his class and be prepared for the next level. He is able to break down the intricacies of the math he teaches so that the students relate to it. Former students have attested to not liking math before being taught by him. Students who were hesitant about taking his class have come to enjoy their learning experience. His teaching style is professional, respectful, compassionate, and thorough.”
Dr. Taylor received his doctorate in education last year. He taught at Evangel Christian School and the Fox C-6 School District before joining the staff at Carnahan HSOF in 2008.
The 2013 Math Teacher of the Year was honored with an awards reception, a $1,000 award from the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation, a trophy, a plaque, and a $500 award for related education materials through the Parsons Blewett Memorial Fund.
Mia Carpenter, Curriculum Specialist/Math; Dr. Gregory L. Taylor, Middle/High School Math Teacher of the Year; Carnahan High School of the Future Principal LaTasha Jones; Kathleen Taggart, Curriculum Specialist/Math