Jonathan Taylor went to another Revolutionary War-themed high school in Arlington, Virginia just outside our nation’s capital. Many of his former classmates would be surprised to learn that he is now a high school art teacher, especially in light of his early successes as a class clown. By the time he graduated from Yorktown High School, he had finally figured out that his time and energy might be better spent on improving himself. Some great teachers deserve the credit for this dramatic turnaround— which, in the end, is the best explanation of how he got to Mill River. Mr. Taylor earned a BA in Art and Literature from Marlboro College in 1998, completing an Honors Thesis solo show of photographs and architectural sculpture. He went on to earn an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2013 with a Thesis Show entitled: “Home. Work. Driving. Storms.” He has taught visual art, photography, and graphic design in a wide-variety context from a magnet high school arts program at the Burlington Tech Center to the Middlebury Studio School, to Green Mountain College and Castleton University. He exhibits his photographic and installation work throughout the East Coast. While he was once selected as a University of Vermont Teacher of the Year, he is currently most proud to have been an MRU Rock Star Teacher in October 2016. When not making cool stuff with Mill River students, he loves being outside with his family, building medieval weapons and forts with his two young sons, and bombing down our mountain roads on the vintage bikes he restores in his non-existent spare time.
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