EDUCATOR. Author. RESEARCHER. SPEAKER.
Professional Learning with a PURPOSE!
Jahkari "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 at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. He has won numerous awards throughout his career, 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. In 2021, JT was selected as one of Inside Business's 'Top 40 Under 40' in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
As the founder and Chief Equity Officer of Purpose Pushers LLC, JT works with several educational organizations, university professors, district and building-level administrators, and K-12 educators across the US to build educator 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.