Brinkley Middle School teacher selected for National STEM Scholar Program

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Kandice Taylor

JANS – Kandice Taylor, a science teacher at Brinkley Middle School, is among 10 teachers from eight states selected to participate in the National STEM Scholar Program.

The program provides advanced STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) training, national network building, and project support for middle school science teachers nationwide. The 2023 National STEM Scholar class was hosted by The Gatton Academy from May 29 to June 2 on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Taylor is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and a proud graduate of Jim Hill High School. She attended Jackson State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Arts in teaching. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, Taylor is receiving training in leadership from the Early Leadership Institute with the Mississippi Association of Educators.

Taylor has been a teacher with JPS for 7 years and will teach 8th grade science at Chastain Middle School for the 2023-2024 school year. She has served on the leadership team and as a district mentor. This year, she received the prestigious honor of being named a Mississippi state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She was also chosen as a recipient of the 2023 Shell Urban Science Educators Development Award.

Taylor has a passion for teaching transformative science. She believes that each child can grow if you meet them where they are and provide for the whole child in all facets of life.

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Brinkley Middle School teacher selected for National STEM Scholar Program

By Jackson Advocate News Service
June 12, 2023