Catina K. Taylor, Kansas City native, began her teaching career in July 2000, responding to the call to fill the teacher shortage that was occurring in the Kansas City Public Schools. Working in public and private schools for the last 15 years and parenting a charter high school student, she has a vast knowledge of the classroom and the administrative tasks necessary to help students excel.
After leaving the classroom in 2011, Catina joined the staff of Doxey and Associates and served as a Parent Aide and FMAS worker. She supervised visits between biological parents and their children that had been placed in foster care and also provided training to parents seeking reconciliation with their children. In March of 2012, she was named the Education Coordinator/Chief Operations Officer of New Reflections East, Inc. In this role, Catina was responsible for the development and growth of the GED program, served as internal co-leader of the organization, and developed system tools that helped the organization function more effectively. Catina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Paralegal Certificate from Avila University. In 1999, she received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law.
As a lawyer, entrepreneur and teacher, she has a unique combination of skills that set her apart from other educators in Kansas City. Her background in law has been invaluable in not only understanding policy but the ability to write it with a teacher’s and administrator’s perspective in mind.
After spending the last 15 years in KC schools, she developed a passion for educating and inspiring the young minds of the city. Now she is tackling her next big project in life, potentially starting a new independent school right here in Kansas City. From past experiences in the event planning and legal consulting industries, this is a completely new endeavor for Catina.
The motto she goes by, “You don’t know what you can do unless you try” now has a new meaning for Catina in this journey. The school Catina aims to create will not only educate students but provide a community for learning that is tuition free, provides an autonomous culture for teachers, and a nurturing environment for students. Catina also wants to implement measures based on the best possible scenario for students. These would include alternate start times, healthy organic lunches, various classroom designs, and collaboration policies.
“We need to stop treating students and education like a commodity. These students are human beings all with their own dreams and aspirations. The success or failure of these individuals directly affects our community and we should be asking what is best for the student! If the answer is no, then we need to fix that despite fiscal limitations.”
If you would like to help Catina, contact her here. Then sign up for Launch Day on July 17. Catina is currently looking for aid from curriculum development and school administration professionals. If you are experienced in independent school building, have expertise in school design, or can provide fundraising expertise, she would love to connect with you.