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

(2019) Azalea Gardens Middle School - Norfolk, VA

(2019) Blair Middle School - Norfolk VA

2019) SpEd Supervisor Retreat - Portsmouth Public School

(2019) CEIS Summer Institute: Reframing Discipline - Norfolk Public Schools​​

(2019) Oceanaire 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

Educator. Author. Entrepreneur. Speaker.

Professional Conferences

Jahkari “JT” Taylor is an award-winning educator, author, entrepreneur, and highly-sought after speaker. He has presented across the state of Virginia and Maryland at K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and professional conferences.  Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards including the Iota Phi Lambda Emerald Educator Award, Teacher of the Year for Oscar Smith High School, Overall City-Wide Teacher of the Year for Chesapeake Public Schools, and he was recently selected as a 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader.  For over a decade, he has worked as a Special Education Teacher and a Title I Instructional Coach. Now as the CEO of Purpose Pushers LLC,  JT serves as the Chief Strategist for School Improvement and Equity.  JT has worked with district leaders, principals, administrative teams, teachers, and students across several states and school divisions.  Purpose Pushers specializes in the following areas:  Social-emotional learning (SEL), culturally responsive practices, overcoming burnout, job-embedded instructional coaching, teacher and student motivation, and best instructional practices for reaching all learners.  JT has published numerous books including: The 30-Day Gratitude Journal, The R.A.P. Challenge: Lyrics and Literature, 7 Traits of a Teacher With a Purpose, Overcoming Burnout, Relational Teaching, True Leaders LEAD, and Becoming One Flesh.  In addition, JT has also been featured in several newspaper articles and in a WHRO commercial titled, “The Teaching Profession.”

His philosophy is simple: "Know Your Why!"  

- 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).

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

Speaking Engagement Experience

​(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

(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

Educational Qualifications

K-12 Schools


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

(2018) Old Dominion University - Student Government Association in Norfolk, VA. 

(2017) Virginia Wesleyan University - Teacher Preparation Program in Virginia Beach, VA. 

(2017) Norfolk State University -  Future Teacher Academy Conference 2017 in Norfolk, VA.