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Taylor Toynes, Community Impact Associate

Born and raised in Oak Cliff, it is important for Taylor to serve the community that has shaped him to become the person he is today. After graduating college, Taylor worked at the Dallas County District Attorney’s office where he served as a Victims Advocate in the Family Violence division with the hopes of becoming an attorney. After reading an article on the cradle to prison pipeline, Taylor realized that he wanted to make a direct impact on students in his community and decided to join Teach For America, teaching 4th Grade Reading and Writing at W.W. Bushman Elementary School.

As a first-year teacher, with the help of friends and his community, Taylor organized the first annual “For Oak Cliff” Back to School Festivalin Glendale Park. There were over 1,000 students and families equipped with the supplies and information needed to enter the upcoming school year. The biggest take away from this event was the amount of fellowship in a community that had previously received such a negative reputation.

Taylor graduated from the University of North Texas in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Criminal Justice. Taylor also received his M.Ed. from SMU Simmons School of Education in 2016. Taylor is the husband of his high school sweetheart Ariel Toynes, who is a teacher at Skyline High School, where the two of them met. Taylor is also the proud father of his newborn daughter, Wednesday Toynes.