Julie Taylor taught in the Adelanto School District for 37 years. She retired in 2007, but has continued to be a 2nd/ 3rd grade math tutor for 4 Adelanto Schools, the NASA/science advisor for Columbia Middle School, a NASA Explorer School, and taught 6th grade last year at Morgan Kincaid. At several schools, she helps teachers with NASA projects and provides students with science activities. Her years of teaching now total 40.
She continues to serve the science educational community as an educational consultant for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and for the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently a Solar System Educator, a Messenger Fellow, an Heliophysics Ambassador, and a New Horizon's Fellow.
Julie is her district’s first National Board Certified Teacher. She amassed many awards over her years of teaching including being selected as the Presidential Awardee for Elementary Science in 2001, the NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award for Middle School in 2007, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Group Achievement Award in 2006 and 2008, the Crystal Apple Award from KNBC in 2000, the Council for Elementary Science International/CIBA Exemplary Elementary Science Teacher Award in 1999, and the Young Astronaut Teacher of the Year/American in Space Award in 1994. She was a four time awardee in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. She and her students participated in the Young Astronauts Program from 1986 through 2002, and she wrote the grant for Columbia Middle School to become a NASA Explorer School.
Through her work with NASA, Julie has been involved in creating two activities for the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Amazing Space Website (Galaxies Galore, Games and More, and Planet Impact). Recently for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Julie was involved in development of two language arts/science e-books (Reading, Writing, and Rings and one to yet to be produced called Through the Eyes of Scientists). She continues to work to provide the youth of the world with inspirational avenues to learn science.
"The knowledge we have gained from being involved in the Solar System Educator Program has allowed us to bring current NASA missions into the classroom and provide teachers with hands on activities that
help to explain the vastness and wonder of our solar system. From the information provided to us from NASA, we are able to provide hands-on activities to teachers that help their students understand the make up of our solar system and the current missions that are striving to increase our understanding of our immediate area of space."