The official biography below was current at the time of the award.
Tiffany Taylor has been teaching for nine years and spent the last seven years at Rogers Heritage High School where she is currently the Science Academic Facilitator. She previously taught 10th-12th-grade students in Physics, Advanced Placement Physics 1 and Advanced Placement Physics 2. Tiffany has also taught at Pea Ridge Middle School and Decatur High School.
Tiffany’s passion for teaching has motivated her to find ways to make learning meaningful. In the classroom, she implements Modeling Instruction, an inquiry-based instructional method that enhances student learning by developing scientific models to explain phenomena. Each unit concludes with a lab practical; student favorites have included constant velocity buggy collisions and launching marbles at toy ships.
Tiffany has served as a presenter on instructional practices in her district and for the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science. Her school leadership roles include Science Department Chair, Professional Learning Communities leadership team, and Response to Intervention leadership team. In 2018, she was named the National PhysTEC Teacher of the Year.
Tiffany holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Tulsa; a M.Ed. in kinesiology from the University of Virginia; a B.A. in physics from the University of Arkansas; and a M.A.T. from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Her licensure includes 7-12 Physical/Earth Science and P.E. & Health.