Janice Taylor

Janice Taylor

Program Coordinator, iDiscovery

Office: 408 McGuffey Hall
740-398-5169 (cell)

Degrees: M.A. — Curriculum and Management, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
B.A. — Elementary Education, Olivet Nazarene University

Curriculum Vitae

Jan’s Bio

Serving as an elementary teacher for 30 years, an educational consultant for 9 years, and a project coordinator for 2 years, Jan has enjoyed a lifetime of opportunities to make a difference in education. Her love for young children and her inclination towards mathematics led her to focus energy on improving math instruction for primary-aged students. Jan’s undergraduate studies were completed at Olivet Nazarene University (formerly Olivet Nazarene College), where she earned a B.S. in Elementary Education. An interest in curriculum development led her to Mount Vernon Nazarene University (M.Ed.). The professional development Jan completed for Improving Math Instruction and Classroom Teaching (IMPACT) through the Teaching & Learning Collaborative (Columbus, OH) sparked a desire to see every primary teacher in her county of residence complete an IMPACT class, thus transforming math instruction and student understanding for years to come. Seeing that goal accomplished was, perhaps, her magnum opus. Jan’s IMPACT experience led her to Miami University’s Discovery Center, where she began to facilitate iDiscovery online communities. After several semesters of facilitating and reading, Jan was offered the opportunity to become Project Coordinator of iDiscovery (2014), where she continues to enjoy an association with Ohio’s teachers. As an experienced scholar-practitioner, Jan offers facilitators formative assessment of their workshops, leading them to a better understanding of improved facilitation.

Jan’s Professional Success Formula

40% Communication (clarity in online submissions); 20% Efficacy (accept responsibility for growth and learning); 20% Reflection (thoroughly analyze facilitator and participant work); 20% Mentoring (offer guidance for improvement of teaching);

Jan’s Work Commitments

Advocacy for improvement of Math/Science education for K-12 students in Ohio; Collaboration that inspires teachers to initiate classroom change for increased student understanding; and Strategic Innovation that results in a desire for further understanding and education.