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Reggie Taylor

Reggie Taylor entered the field of education after working in business and realizing that work did not fulfill his purpose.

Now, he is Owen County’s new superintendent, beginning his tenure on July 1. He replaces former superintendent Robert Stafford.

As the first of his family to attend college, Taylor has always felt an intense love of learning, encouraging his transition into education.

Taylor has spent over 20 years in education, beginning his career as a business and marketing teacher in Scott and LaRue counties. After a couple of years of working in the classroom, he left to start an administrative position in Owen County, where he worked on dropout prevention and pupil personnel. His move into administration stemmed from a realization that he could make a “bigger difference than just the kids in his classroom and could have a bigger impact than just the school he was employed at.”

“I want to continuously strive to make a difference in the lives of our kids and invest in our kids because they are the future of our communities,” said Taylor.

He then left Owen County to take a position at Newport Independent Schools, where he continued his work with dropout prevention and acted as district assessment coordinator and chief academic officer for 10 years.

After his time away, he ultimately returned to Owen County Schools, where he worked as chief academic officer for nearly a decade. In addition to this work, he also was in charge of federal programs, certified evaluation and School-Based Decision Making (SBDM).

This year, the school board gave Taylor the opportunity to serve his county in the new role of superintendent.

“I look forward to preparing our kids for their next steps. No matter what our students choose to pursue after graduating from Owen County High School, whether that be going into the workforce, military or college, we are preparing kids for that next phase with 21st-century skills that help them be successful and competitive,” said Taylor.

He started his studies at Northern Kentucky University, earning a Bachelor of Science in marketing. He earned a Master of Education from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in education from NKU. He also attended Xavier University, where he earned his Director of Pupil Personnel license, Kentucky Supervisor of Instruction license and Kentucky Superintendent license.

Taylor is excited to continue his connection with the Owen County family. He said he looks forward to serving students, their parents and staff in this new capacity, and continuing the work initiated by Stafford, the previous superintendent.

He is married to Carol Jo Taylor, a third-generation educator who works as a media specialist. He shares a love for the saxophone with their daughter, Olivia Taylor, who will be starting in the 8th grade this year. He has recently taken up golfing on the weekends, although he admits that he isn’t very good yet.