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State Journal profiles alum Stanford Taylor's road to state superintendent post

March 15, 2019

The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted an article detailing UW-Madison alumna Carolyn Stanford Taylor’s journey to becoming Wisconsin’s state superintendent of public instruction. 

Stanford Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational administration with the School of Education. 

The State Journal reports that Stanford Taylor’s experience of desegregation growing up in the south inspired her to a career in education, stating that it has driven her desire to create equitable learning environments for children. 

Carolyn Stanford Taylor
Stanford Taylor
Stanford Taylor tells the State Journal: "If we want to create a society where we’re all contributing, then we have to make sure we don’t lose anyone along the way.” 

According to the newspaper, Stanford Taylor sees early childhood education as integral to improving academic performance and reducing the racial achievement gap. She hopes to see districts expand 4-year-old kindergarten to full-day and have urban districts explore 3K programs.

Serving 17 years as the assistant state superintendent to now-Gov. Tony Evers, Stanford Taylor plans to advocate for Evers’ proposals with legislators. Stanford Taylor shares Evers’ views of special education and mental health as possible areas of compromise.

Prior to her career in the superintendent’s office, Stanford Taylor served 10 years as an educator in Madison schools. During this time, she sat on the board of directors for Madison Teachers Inc. Subsequently, she left the classroom to lead two Madison elementary schools as principal. 

One woman who had experienced Stanford Taylor’s tenure as principal told the State Journal that she “can imagine it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to step into Tony Evers’ shoes, and no offense to Gov. Evers, I would predict she will outshine him.”

Read the entire State Journal report here.