Alum Norris Kirk Taylor Is Dedicated Educator
Returning to Community College Roots
Windsor, N.J. - According to MCCC alumnus Norris Kirk Taylor
'80 (A.A., Humanities and Social Service), Mercer County
Community College provided the underpinnings for all of his
subsequent academic success. Now, after more than two decades
as a public school teacher in North Carolina, he recently
returned to the community college setting at Roanoke-Chowan
Community College (Ahoskie, NC). His goal is to help young
people begin to mold their futures just as he did at Mercer.
from Hamilton Township, Taylor took a range of classes at
MCCC in the 1970s, ultimately focusing on a career in education.
After Mercer he transferred to Elizabeth City State University
(ECSU) in North Carolina, where he earned his bachelor's degree
in Elementary Education, and then his master's in Middle Grades
Education from East Carolina University in Greenville. He
pursued a second bachelor's degree in Religion and Philosophy
at Shaw University in Raleigh. Additionally he earned a Certificate
of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership.
resident of Hertford County, NC, Taylor enjoyed a 21-year
career as a teacher in the Bertie County School System. He
retired in 2009.
current post at Roanoke Chowan Community College, Taylor serves
as coordinator of the Computer-Assisted Instruction Lab, part
of RCCC's Learning Resources Center. The center houses 25
computers to assist students and faculty with online programs
and the latest software. As CAI's lab coordinator, Taylor
says he is eager to serve students and create the kind of
environment that encouraged him to succeed as a young person.
have established a climate that fosters student learning and
inspires students toward upward mobility. I hope students
will take advantage of this additional resource to help them
achieve their dreams," he said.
to teaching, Taylor worked as a counselor at ECSU for the
Upward Bound Program and as a substance abuse counselor for
the Roanoke-Chowan Human Services Center.
Taylor has inspiring words for MCCC students, especially those
who have struggled in life. "It's not how you start out;
it's how you end up," he says. "A champion is defined
by his or her ability to overcome adversity." Clearly,
Taylor is hoping to create some champions at RCCC as he continues
to dedicate his life to education.
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