Meet ADE Award Finalist: Taylor Williams

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
February 1, 2016


Taylor Williams is a founding 7th grade Computer Science and Math teacher at Excel Public Charter School in Kent, WA. Taylor has envisioned and helped to create an interdisciplinary computer science program, where every student learns computational thinking through core coursework, projects, and extra-curricular opportunities.

As a teaching fellow with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, Taylor collaborates regularly with a talented cohort of early career math and science teachers. Through the fellowship, Taylor has spoken and written about topics ranging from math pedagogy to education policy and social issues. 

Taylor began his teaching career at Todd Beamer High School, in Federal Way, WA, where he founded the AP Computer Science program. He authored a peer-reviewed set of content standards that are still used across the district. As a math teacher, Taylor initiated a pilot program that brought a research-based algebraic manipulative teaching approach to the school. 

Developing unique projects is a passion for Taylor. As an instructor at the Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) summer program, Taylor developed and taught an innovative course exposing middle school students to concepts in digital communication techniques, his graduate research area. Later, Taylor developed a project unit centered around a custom-built factory simulation inspired by his experience as an engineering intern. Currently, Taylor enjoys designing new electronic circuits that students can build in class and in after-school programs.

Taylor earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Ohio State University. He received a teaching endorsement in secondary mathematics from the University of Washington Accelerated Certification for Teachers (U-ACT) program, with support fromTeach for America. During his time as a Teach for America corps member, Taylor was honored as an Amgen Fellow and as a regional nominee for the Sue Lehmann Teaching Award. 

Meet the other finalists for the $25,000 Allen Distinguished Educators Award.


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