Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Gary Taylor
Mr. Taylor has been involved in special education for 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education and a Behavior Medicine Minor from Central State University. Mr. Taylor earned his Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from Wayne State University. After 10 years of teaching, Mr. Taylor pursued his Administrative Certification from Wayne State University, which he obtained in 2010.
Mr. Taylor began his career in the Detroit Public School District in 1993 as an emotional impaired teacher at Smith Academy-Bell day treatment school. Mr. Taylor spent 10 years teaching within the district as a special education teacher both at Grant Elementary School and Joy Middle School before accepting his first administrative position in the Detroit Public School District. Over the next 10 years, Mr. Taylor served as a special education principal for both Turning Point Academy and Johnson McKinney day treatment center. Mr. Taylor was selected by the Detroit Public School Community District as building principal of Jerry L. Wright, After 3 years Mr. Taylor has been selected to serve as the principal of Turning Point Academy.
His educational and mental health experiences have afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. His educational philosophy is based on his uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a therapeutic positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family.