Dr. John Taylor

Principal of Pathways; Assistant Professor jrtaylor1@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Religion, University of the Cumberlands (formerly Cumberland College)
MA in Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
MA in Special Education, University of South Florida
MA in Educational Leadership, University of South Florida
EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of South Florida


In 1996, Dr. Taylor began his educational career in Pasco County as an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher at Pasco Middle School. After six years at the middle school level, he became an elementary education ESE teacher for a brief period of time before becoming an assistant principal.

Dr. Taylor’s administrative career began in 2002 as the assistant principal of Adult Education for Moore Mickens Education Center, Pasco High School and Zephyrhills High School concurrently. The following year, he became an assistant principal at Zephyrhills High School where he served for 11 years in various capacities. In 2014, Dr. Taylor served as the assistant principal for both Moore Mickens Education Center and James Irvin Education Center, both in Dade City. Beginning in 2015, he was the assistant principal of James Irvin Education Center with the additional responsibilities of overseeing the Adult Education Program for the east side of Pasco County. Dr. Taylor retired from Pasco County Schools in June 2017.

In July 2017, Dr. Taylor joined Southeastern University as the principal of Pathways School of Excellence. With his passion for educating special needs children, he brings over 20 years of ESE and leadership experience to this position. He has a servant’s heart and desires to fulfill the purpose God has for him as he ministers to children, families, staff and colleagues. He enjoys integrating his faith into the workplace on a daily basis.

Dr. Taylor is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. As a licensed and ordained minister since 1974, he served as a youth pastor for seven years prior to entering the field of education.

Presently, Dr. Taylor leads a men’s Bible study at his church each week. During his free time, he loves to go bass fishing. He and his wife Kittye have been married since 1997 and enjoy traveling to new places and visiting family.