Jahkari “JT” Taylor is an award-winning educator, researcher, 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, a Title I Instructional Coach, and a full-time educational consultant.


Now JT serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Pushers LLC. 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, special education, 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 a WHRO commercial titled, “The Teaching Profession.”


His philosophy is simple: "Know Your Why!"  

​(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



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

Speaking Engagement Experience

(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

Educator. Author. Entrepreneur. Speaker.

Professional Conferences

Educational Qualifications

Universities

- 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).

K-12 Schools

(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