Julia Elizabeth Taylor
Julie Taylor taught in the Adelanto School District for 37 years. She retired in 2007, but has continued to be a 2nd/ 3rd grade math tutor for 4 Adelanto Schools and the NASA/science advisor for Columbia Middle School, a NASA Explorer School. At Columbia she still instructs teachers about NASA and provides students with science activities. Her years of teaching now total 39.
She continues to serve the science educational community as an educational consultant for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and for the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently a Solar System Educator, a Messenger Fellow, and an Heliophysics Ambassador.
Mrs. Taylor is her district’s first National Board Certified Teacher. She amassed many awards over her years of teaching including being selected as the Presidential Awardee for Elementary Science in 2001, the NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award for Middle School in 2007, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Group Achievement Award in 2006 and 2008, the Crystal Apple Award from KNBC in 2000, the Council for Elementary Science International/CIBA Exemplary Elementary Science Teacher Award in 1999, and the Young Astronaut Teacher of the Year/American in Space Award in 1994. She was a four time awardee in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She and her students participated in the Young Astronauts Program from 1986 through 2002, and she wrote the grant for Columbia Middle School to become a NASA Explorer School.
Through her work with NASA, Mrs. Taylor has been involved in creating two activities for the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Amazing Space Website (Galaxies Galore, Games and More, and Planet Impact). Recently for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mrs. Taylor was involved in development of two language arts/science e-books (Reading, Writing, and Rings and one to come out in December called Through the Eyes of Scientists). She continues to work to provide the youth of the world with inspirational avenues to learn science.