Michael Taylor comes to the Holdsworth Center with more decade of education, recruitment, and policy experience in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Massachusetts.
Most recently, Michael worked as the founding recruitment & marketing manager for Teach Western Mass, a startup education non-profit. At Teach Western Mass, he successfully increased access to the teaching profession and improved the size and diversity of educator talent pools at 30 area public schools through targeted outreach efforts and direct support to talent managers and school leaders.
Michael began his career in education through Teach For America as a middle school English and social studies teacher in Philadelphia. He continued as a science teacher and team lead over the next 10 years grounded in a firm commitment to building a more equitable present and future alongside students, families, and communities.
Following his time in Philadelphia classrooms, Michael’s love of policy took him to Washington, D.C., where he served as an education policy fellow for the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor under Rep. Robert “Bobby” C. Scott. As part of the committee staff, Michael’s portfolio included aiding the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, improving access to higher education opportunities and prioritizing equity in federal child nutrition programs.
Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in both history and psychology from Texas Tech University, and a master’s degree in urban education from the University of Pennsylvania.
A product of Killeen ISD, Michael spends his spare time exploring North Texas with friends and family, attempting to master new cooking styles and techniques, and taking in as many scenic vistas as possible.