“JT” Taylor is an award-winning educational leader, researcher, author, and national speaker. He has presented at the national conferences of many professional organizations, including ASCD, NCTE, and AMLE.  JT has been featured in a WHRO commercial titled “The Teaching Profession” and has presented across the nation at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards, including Iota Phi Lambda Emerald Educator, Teacher of the Year at Oscar F. Smith High School, Overall City-Wide Teacher of the Year for Chesapeake Public Schools, and 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader. He has over 13 years of experience working as a Special Education Teacher, Title I Instructional Coach, and a full-time Educational Consultant. 

As the Chief Equity Officer of Purpose Pushers LLC, JT works with several educational organizations, university professors, district and building-level administrators, and K-12 educators to build competence and confidence. Using his unique and thought-provoking approach to adult learning, JT facilitates engaging professional development to help educators move from theory to practice. His research areas include educational equity, multicultural consciousness, culturally responsive practices, social-emotional learning, and special education. 

JT’s motto is simple: “Know Your Why!”

Educator. Author.

Researcher. Speaker.

Professional Conferences

Keynote speaking, Conferences, Workshops, Job-Embedded Coaching, and much more.

- Currently pursuing a Ph.D in Advanced Education Leadership (Class of 2022).

- Completed National Association of Secondary Schools Principals "Breaking Ranks" Leadership Training for School Improvement (2018).

- Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (2015).

- Master of Education in Teaching and Learning from Liberty University (2013).

- Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University "Magna Cum Laude" (2011).

Speaker Experience

(2021) Leading Equity Virtual Summit - "The Art of Advocacy" - January 11-13

(2020)  ASCD December Virtual Conference: "Student Success in the Early Grades" - December 

(2020) NCTE Virtual Annual Convention: Confluencia! - November

(2020) ASCD Virtual Symposium: Trauma-Sensitive Schools - October 28

​​(2020) AMLE20 Virtual Conference - October 23-25

(2020) Teacher Success Summit  - October 19-23

(2020) ASCD Virtual Conferences - Back to School - August 13-14

​(2020) "Closing the Gap for ALL Learners" - Citywide Elementary School Conference for Suffolk Public Schools (Keynote)

(2019) Hampton City Schools 10th Annual Boys Conference hosted by Hampton University

(2019) Region 2 SCA Conference hosted by Hickory High School in Chesapeake, VA (Keynote)

(2019) Coordinating Early Intervening Services (CEIS) Summer Institute: Reframing Discipline - Norfolk Public Schools​​

(2019) Virginia Education Association's "Instructional and Professional Development Conference"

(2019) Region 2 Equity Conference - Leading and Teaching for Equity at the Virginia Beach Convention Center

(2019) Fresh Ink - Writers Workshop

(2019) Virginia Student Councils Association (VSCA) Convention hosted by Regent University (Keynote)

(2019) Virginia Education Association's "Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color Conference hosted by Norfolk State University

(2018) Region 2 Title 1 Conference hosted by Virginia Beach Public Schools

(2017) Virginia Education Association's "Celebrate, Educate, Advocate!"  Instruction & Professional Development Conference  

(2017) 2nd Annual Region II Excellence Through Equity Conference hosted by Chesapeake Public Schools


K-12 Schools

Educational Qualifications

(2021) Old Dominion University - Darden College of Education - Department of Teaching and Learning (Why Do They Do That? - Understanding and Preventing Disruptive Behaviors)

(2020) Michigan State University - College of Education - Department of K-12 Educational Administration (Creating a healthy, equitable, and inclusive school culture)

(2020) Old Dominion University - Darden College of Education - Department of Teaching and Learning (Classroom management for preservice teachers)

(2019) Old Dominion University - Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education (Keynote)

(2018) Washington College - Institute of Religion, Politics, and Culture in Chestertown, MD (Keynote)

(2018) Old Dominion University - Student Government Association (Keynote)

(2017) Virginia Wesleyan University - Teacher Preparation Program (Keynote)

(2017) Norfolk State University -  Future Teacher Academy Conference 2017

(2021) Loudoun County Public Schools - CTE Dept PD Day

(2021) Jacox ES - Norfolk, VA

(2021) Booker T. Washington HS Norfolk, VA

(2021) James Monroe Elementary Norfolk, VA

(2020) Phoebus High School - Hampton, VA

(2020) Southside Stem Academy at Campostella - Norfolk, VA

(2020) Hampton High School - Hampton, VA

(2020) Azalea Gardens Middle School - Norfolk, VA

(2020) Blair Middle School - Norfolk, VA

(2020) Oscar F. Smith High School - Chesapeake, VA

(2020) Oceanair Elementary - Norfolk, VA

(2019) Crestwood Intermediate School - Chesapeake, VA

(2019) Woodside High School - Newport News, VA

(2019) Green Run Elementary School - Virginia Beach, VA

(2019) William E. Waters Middle School - Portsmouth, VA

(2019) Azalea Gardens Middle School - Norfolk, VA

(2019) Blair Middle School - Norfolk VA

2019) Special Education Supervisor Retreat - Portsmouth Public School

(2019) Oceanair Elementary School - Norfolk, VA

(2018) Deep Creek High School - Chesapeake, VA

(2018) Norfolk Highlands Primary  - Norfolk, VA

(2018) Pioneer Elementary - Suffolk, VA

(2017) ​Crestwood Intermediate - Chesapeake, VA

(2017) George W. Carver Intermediate

(2017) Portlock Primary

(2017) Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology

(2016) Crestwood Intermediate - Chesapeake, VA