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Dr. Robert L. Taylor, Superintendent
Dr. Robert L. Taylor is a third generation public school educator who believes that the art of teaching is the noblest of professions. Throughout his tenure in education Dr. Taylor has served as a student, teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels in both the United States and Europe. Dr. Taylor currently is the Superintendent for the Lebanon Community School Corporation, located in Lebanon, Indiana.
Robert was awarded a Doctorate of Education degree in Leadership and Policy, from Indiana University, an M.S.Ed School Administration from Indiana University, and a B.S. in elementary education from Olivet Nazarene University. Dr. Taylor has served as an educational consultant and professional mentor for education/ business partnership development, educational programming and technology based learning, and education leadership.
He has provided staff development training for business leaders, administrators/educators, and upper level operational managers, throughout China, Europe and the United States. Robert has made presentations at the Chinese Ministry of Education Principal’s Conference, National School Board Association National Conference and the International Conference for Middle Grades Learning in Zurich, Switzerland and Frankfurt, Germany. He has served as a keynote speaker and presenter at the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns annual conference, the National Symposium for Middle Grades Education in Tampa, Fla. and at the Western Regional Conference for Middle Level Education in Boulder, Co. He has served as an elected member of the board of directors for the European League for Middle Level Education, the Indiana Middle Level Education Association and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. In October of 2015 Dr. Taylor was the lead presenter at the Zhejiang Province Education Conference for school administers and directors, hosted in Hangzhou China by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Dr. Taylor has received numerous professional honors and recognitions. In 2015 Dr. Taylor was chosen by the Indiana Governor’s Office to serve on the Indiana Regional Works Council and the “Build Your Future Indiana” Advisory Council. Dr. Taylor was named the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents “2013 Superintendent of the Year” representing region V. He was elected by his peers as the President of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents and served in that position in 2014-2015. Robert was selected to serve as the Mayor’s representative on the Redevelopment Commission and is a member of the Boone County Economic Development Corporation’s board of Directors. In 2014 Dr. Taylor was awarded the prestigious Boone County Chamber of Commerce “Business Person of the Year Award”. This was the first time in the history of the Chamber that a professional educator was a recipient of this award.
Dr. Taylor has focused on insuring that education is relevant and viable at all levels of program delivery and application. A perfect example of that has been his pioneering leadership in the digital revolution in the classroom. As superintendent at Lebanon Schools he has led an effort to implement a digital conversion that supplanted old, outdated instructional resources with the latest state of the art digital learning devices. Lebanon High School is one of only a handful of schools in the State of Indiana that provides students with a laptop 24/7, which gives them access to their curriculum anytime anywhere. Dr. Taylor believes meaningful educational reform has to start at the local level with leadership that involves all key stakeholders. Dr. Taylor firmly believes that we cannot wait to do what is best for students, we must be courageous enough to act with an unwavering passion and commitment to insure that what we do is relevant to today’s learner and tomorrow’s leaders. Dr. Taylor firmly believes that we must be more diversified and innovative than we were 20 years ago in order to insure we are providing an optimum learning experience for all students. It is critical that students are not only taught content, but students must be fluent in the skills of self-motivation, critical thinking and personal accountability.
In order for schools to achieve at a higher level of accountability they must be willing to partner with local community members who have a vested interest in making the classroom a place of growth and not a facility for failure. “Our number one priority is to help produce a viable Indiana citizen”. We must never forget that education is the critical element for the future of any society. Taylor believes schools can no longer work independently of the business community, there has to be a working partnership that is focused on student success. Students must also be prepared to be lifelong learners regardless of their career choice. Not every student must complete a four year degree to be successful. Many students make career choices that require two or one year degrees in a specialized field where there is also great earning potential. We in education must support those choices.
Prior to moving to Lebanon, Indiana Dr. Taylor worked with the Department of Defense Overseas Education Activity in Germany from 1981 until 1995. During his tenure in Germany, Dr. Taylor served in several educational administrative positions: Educational Program Manager, Director of Technology, building administrator, Director of Security, Operations and Plans and Deputy Superintendent for Business Affairs.
Dr. Taylor is married and has two children. Matthew is a graduate of Indiana University and Southern Methodist University and after nine years serving as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps he is currently working in investment finance. Cole is a graduate of Purdue University and works for the Marriott Corporation as a corporate accounts manager. Robert’s wife Jackie is a middle school Director of Guidance. Robert enjoys the company of his family and friends, a good book he can’t put down, a comforting fire in the fireplace, and he strives to abide by the philosophy that “I look forward to tomorrow, for I have learned from my yesterdays, and I cherish every minute of today”.