Dr. Taylor- Director
Dr. Taylor brings a variety of education and
leadership experience to Urban Discovery Academy as well as a passion for
helping kids discover their own creative path. A National Board Certified
teacher, career educator and charter school pioneer, Dr. Taylor has served as a
teacher, school principal, and member of the Board of Directors of Environmental
Charter Schools in Los Angeles, an innovative network of schools with a unique approach to authentic student learning. Concurrently, Dr. Taylor
served as an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of Education and
Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she also earned an Ed.D. in
Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy, and an M.S. in Education Administration.
She also holds a B.S. in Earth Sciences and a B.A. in Environmental Studies
from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
An avid outdoor adventurer, Dr. Taylor has led outdoor education excursions
for K-12 classes and interned in a garden-based science program for elementary
school students. Dr. Taylor is ecstatic to be a part of the UDA team and to
help refine and systematize its practices to best support real-world student
learning. She is committed to project-based/experiential learning and extending learning beyond the
classroom into the surrounding community.
Dr. Murray - Assistant Director
Dr. Murray comes to us with over 20 years experience in the field of education. She has worked as a Spanish teacher, Department Chair, Assistant Principal, Activities Director and Dean of Students. She earned her B.A. from De Paul University, M.A. from Governors State University and her Ed.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. She holds a California Administrative Services Credential as well as a Single Subject Credential in Spanish and English. Dr. Murray is a Past President of the Illinois State Deans Association and a member of the De Paul University Athletic Advisory Board. She was born and raised in Chicago and fulfilled her dream of living in San Diego when she moved here. She is thrilled about being part of the team at UDA and loves working with the students, staff and community of UDA.
School Contact Information:730 45th Street
San Diego, CA 92102
619 - 788 - 4668619 - 788 - 4668
Last Modified on August 28, 2014