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Pat Taylor always wanted to work around children, but teaching was not her first choice.
“I wanted to help children,” she said. “I thought at first I was going to go into social work, but decided to go into teaching.”
She said while she loves every subject, math is her favorite.
Taylor resides in Butler, Ky. and graduated from Pendleton County High School in 1974, before heading to Morehead State University, where she received her bachelors and master degree in education.
At the end of the school year as classes were enjoying their track and field days, Taylor had her students problem solving.
“The problem solving questions I am giving them is to think about the problem and whether it is a one-step or a two-step solution and for them to understand key words for the problem,” Taylor said.
Taylor is retiring after 32 years and she said there were numerous equations to her decision.
“I sometimes wonder if I am making the right decision,’ she said. “I love teaching and I may get out of it and realize I made a wrong decision.”
Taylor said that there have also been a lot of changes in education. Those changes in standards and evaluations were a factor in her decision to retire.
“It always seems that the state tells us they are not going to cut education and then when the budget needs some work, the first thing they cut is education,” she said. “I just decided that this was the year I was going to step down.”
Out of all of the changes made to education in the past 32 years, Taylor said she likes the active boards that have replaced the dry-erase and chalkboards of the past.
“In the years I have been here, they have opened up the resources available in the classroom,” she said. “You get a lot of materials and resources you would have to spend a lot of time looking for. The technology has been an added plus.”
CMZ Family Resource Center director Kay Hughett says that Pat Taylor will be missed.
“She cared for the students and was a dedicated teacher,” Hughett said. “She was very personable with the staff, students and parents.”
Even with retirement, Taylor said she wants to be around the school and will volunteer and will be a substitute teacher, but she wants to keep her options open for anything else.
Taylor has some advice for incoming teachers.
“Work together,” she said. “Don’t just let someone sink or swim and support each other, because it is getting harder and harder every year.”