Mrs.Teruko Dobashi-Taylor started her educational career in 2006 by leading community advocacy groups and LGBT trainings for social workers in San Francisco. During her time at University of California, Berkeley, she served as a poetry teacher and crisis counselor at two schools in Oakland and Berkeley, CA. Mrs. Dobashi-Taylor was recruited into Teach For America and relocated to Jackson, MS where she taught 5th grade at Brown Elementary School. Her passion for poetry and its ability to heal encouraged her to start a poetry club for 4th and 5th grade students, a place to empower and enlighten through the art of words.
While teaching full time, she graduated with the highest GPA in her class earning a Master’s degree in Social Work from Jackson State University. She was a Sue Lehmann regional finalist in 2014, and nominated for Alumni Excellence in Teaching award in 2015. Mrs. Dobashi-Taylor wrote a grant to start an after school program that provided data influenced mini-lessons, enrichment activities, and homework assistance all with a social justice perspective. Operation Shoestring agreed to fund the program and she became the site manager of Project M.O.V.E. (Molding Our Village with Excellence).
Mrs. Dobashi-Taylor has written ELA curriculum for fifth grade teachers across the Jackson Public School district and was selected as Brown Elementary’s Teacher of the Year. That same year, Brown Elementary was considered one of the most improved schools in the state of Mississippi.
Mrs. Dobashi-Taylor relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2017 to serve as a 5th grade chair at Scott Elementary and an interventionist in the Impact after school program. She received her second Master’s degree in Education with a focus on public school administration from Columbia University. She plans to use her attained knowledge to be a self reflective and well-rounded leader that promotes equity, emotional intelligence, and assists to cultivate leadership and resilience in children and adults. She loves being a part of the FATE/WELA family!