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Taylor Thomas2014 Rising Alumni

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Taylor Thomas developed an in-service workshop for teachers who work with students who have hearing loss on the topic of using the iPad and Apps for organization and instruction. She volunteers her time to deliver the workshop and mentor other teachers. She converted the in-service into a webinar that it is accessible for out-state teachers. Taylor received the 2012 TIES Exceptional Teacher Award and an Outstanding Leadership Award for the 2012-13 school year.


Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Learners
Intermediate School District 917

CEHD Degree

M.Ed., Special Education

What gets you excited about work?

When I have a breakthrough with a student, whether small like getting a hard of hearing student to turn in their homework two days in a row or significant like a deaf-blind student signing a new word. Even the smallest successes are important and make me excited about work every day!

What professors were most influential during your time in CEHD?

Three professors were very influential to me: Anna Paulson, Susan Rose, and Joyce Daugaard. All three influenced me in different ways and I am so grateful to have had them in my life. My experience in CEHD gave me the training and experience needed to be successful in the field of teaching deaf/hard of hearing students.

What is a "fun fact" about you?

I enjoy baking extravagant, one of a kind cakes (on the side when I am not teaching).

What skills are important to succeed as a young professional today?

Having good public relations and communication skills are two of the most important characteristics one can possess. Being able to communicate and collaborate with many different people from many different backgrounds is extremely important in the field of teaching.

Who has inspired you the most during your career?

Ann Mayes. She was a hands-on mentor for my first year of teaching and I am not sure what I would have done without her. She is an amazing teacher and is incredibly passionate about her job. She has inspired me to continue to work hard to be the best teacher for my students (who inspire me each day).