Otis Taylor

Otis Taylor '99
taylorEntering his 11th year as a special education professional, Quincy University alum Dr. Otis C. Taylor ’99 currently serves as the principal (or self-described “head learner”) of the Buckingham Special Education Center on the southeast side of Chicago.   Taylor is responsible for a host of instructional and educational leadership activities as well as plans for overall school and student improvement.

While a “typical” day doesn’t exist, Dr. Taylor’s duties include presenting professional development to teachers, assessing lesson plans, scheduling, evaluating staff, working to gain positive student outcomes, and always striving to ensure academic growth.  With the latter in mind, he poses one question to himself regularly:  Are students learning and how do we know?

Dr. Taylor graduated from Quincy with a B.S. in Special Education in 1999 and taught throughout the Chicagoland area for several years while pursuing his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from National Louis University.  Before accepting his current position at Buckingham, Taylor served as the Assistant Principal at Montefiore Special School-- the oldest public therapeutic day school in the city of Chicago.  He attributes his successes in large part to Quincy University and hopes that current and future students make the m most of the opportunities provided by QU.

(Originally published in February 2010 QUniverse)