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Bobbi
Taylor
Languages: 
English
February, 1947
Bio: 
Roberta J. Taylor Ph. D. Roberta Taylor began her career as a teacher in 1980, she used ‘learning centers ‘and technology with success, provided leadership for the curriculum and staff development teams, gave workshops on motivation and student discipline strategies. She served the faculty as lead teacher as well as chair of the grade level team. She has demonstrated the ability to build strong relationships with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members in the development of strategic plans to bring about systemic change. In 1986, as a principal she became increasingly involved in both school and district level change efforts, as part of the district reorganization team. The goal of redistricting through referendum was achieved, improving the learning environment for students prekindergarten through twelfth grade. In 1992 she was hired as the primary principal, director of curriculum, staff development, technology, and grants in District 81. During her tenure she facilitated workshops on developmentally appropriate practice, reading, math and use of technology as a teaching tool. As part of the school leadership team she developed a state approved pre- kindergarten and birth-three program, teacher induction and mentoring program as well as provided the leadership for the adoption of a teacher evaluation plan based on the research of Charlotte Danielson. She was asked by the board to take the position of principal of the poor performing middle school in 2001. After serving a year and demonstrating the ability to bring substantive change to the middle school program, she was recruited by the board to be superintendent in 2002. At that time the district was in Need of Improvement Status because of student performance on ISAT. Leading the board through the process of strategic planning the members were able to identify their vision for District 81. They set goals and developed detailed action plans for achievement. The district wide improvements led to increases in community involvement, student performance, financial stability, and improved facilities. In 2005 schools in the district achieved Spotlight School status, because of student performance on the ISAT. In 2006 through referendum the community started the process of designing and constructing an award winning, inspirational middle school completed on time and under budget in 2010. She has been invited to participate in both national and international conferences, presenting at both Beijing and Oxford Universities. She is active in her community serving as president of the Dune Acres Civic Improvement Foundation. A very important aspect of her life is family… her husband a retired superintendent, one daughter (compliance officer for a pharmaceutical company), two sons, one (project manager for an asphalt company), the other (executive director of business development for a printing/e-commerce company) and seven grandchildren.
Volunteering Experience: 
Since I was a child, I have been using my time to volunteer. It started with summer projects to raise money for the Jerry Lewis Telethon held every Labor Day. Organizing the neighborhood children to collect pop bottles for the refund, scheduling bake sales and selling lemonade, as well as producing and directing puppet and talent shows the with the proceeds donated to the telethon. As a Girl Scout I would sell cookies and volunteer at the local orphanage taking the children on outings and helping in the nursery. I was responsible for fund raising as the Finance Chairperson for Junior Woman’s Club, Hospital Auxiliary, and Woman’s Club. As an educator I volunteered my time to organize after-school programs, collect clothes and money for needy children and their families. Organized community resources to teach English as a Second language to the adults in my school community. Helped the Immigrant community obtain citizenship. I have volunteered as a tutor, and mentor with the Year-Up Program in Chicago. I currently serve as the President of the Dune Acre Civic Improvement Foundation
Education: 
Ph.D. Educational Administration and Supervision
Occupation: 
Retired Superintendent
Other Skills: 
Collaboration: organizing teams and communication systems for sharing input; developing master plans
Creativity: allowed me to see problems as challenges; that have no clear answers
Integrity: as a leader it allowed me to build and credibility by connecting my words and actions
Adaptability: has taught me to adjust to the changes and challenges of my career and personal life
Dedicated ans Dependable; demonstrated ability to work rigorously to achieve organization's mission
Bobbi Taylor
Dune Acres
United States
Languages:
English
February, 1947
Description
Roberta J. Taylor Ph. D.
Roberta Taylor began her career as a teacher in 1980, she used ‘learning centers ‘and technology with success, provided leadership for the curriculum and staff development teams, gave workshops on motivation and student discipline strategies. She served the faculty as lead teacher as well as chair of the grade level team.
She has demonstrated the ability to build strong relationships with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members in the development of strategic plans to bring about systemic change. In 1986, as a principal she became increasingly involved in both school and district level change efforts, as part of the district reorganization team. The goal of redistricting through referendum was achieved, improving the learning environment for students prekindergarten through twelfth grade.
In 1992 she was hired as the primary principal, director of curriculum, staff development, technology, and grants in District 81. During her tenure she facilitated workshops on developmentally appropriate practice, reading, math and use of technology as a teaching tool. As part of the school leadership team she developed a state approved pre- kindergarten and birth-three program, teacher induction and mentoring program as well as provided the leadership for the adoption of a teacher evaluation plan based on the research of Charlotte Danielson.
She was asked by the board to take the position of principal of the poor performing middle school in 2001. After serving a year and demonstrating the ability to bring substantive change to the middle school program, she was recruited by the board to be superintendent in 2002. At that time the district was in Need of Improvement Status because of student performance on ISAT.
Leading the board through the process of strategic planning the members were able to identify their vision for District 81. They set goals and developed detailed action plans for achievement. The district wide improvements led to increases in community involvement, student performance, financial stability, and improved facilities. In 2005 schools in the district achieved Spotlight School status, because of student performance on the ISAT. In 2006 through referendum the community started the process of designing and constructing an award winning, inspirational middle school completed on time and under budget in 2010.
She has been invited to participate in both national and international conferences, presenting at both Beijing and Oxford Universities. She is active in her community serving as president of the Dune Acres Civic Improvement Foundation.
A very important aspect of her life is family… her husband a retired superintendent, one daughter (compliance officer for a pharmaceutical company), two sons, one (project manager for an asphalt company), the other (executive director of business development for a printing/e-commerce company) and seven grandchildren.
Volunteering Experience
Since I was a child, I have been using my time to volunteer. It started with summer projects to raise money for the Jerry Lewis Telethon held every Labor Day. Organizing the neighborhood children to collect pop bottles for the refund, scheduling bake sales and selling lemonade, as well as producing and directing puppet and talent shows the with the proceeds donated to the telethon.
As a Girl Scout I would sell cookies and volunteer at the local orphanage taking the children on outings and helping in the nursery.
I was responsible for fund raising as the Finance Chairperson for Junior Woman’s Club, Hospital Auxiliary, and Woman’s Club.
As an educator I volunteered my time to organize after-school programs, collect clothes and money for needy children and their families. Organized community resources to teach English as a Second language to the adults in my school community. Helped the Immigrant community obtain citizenship.
I have volunteered as a tutor, and mentor with the Year-Up Program in Chicago.

I currently serve as the President of the Dune Acre Civic Improvement Foundation
Education
Ph.D. Educational Administration and Supervision
Occupation
Retired Superintendent
Other Skills
Collaboration: organizing teams and communication systems for sharing input; developing master plans, Creativity: allowed me to see problems as challenges; that have no clear answers, Integrity: as a leader it allowed me to build and credibility by connecting my words and actions , Adaptability: has taught me to adjust to the changes and challenges of my career and personal life , Dedicated ans Dependable; demonstrated ability to work rigorously to achieve organization's mission
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