Dr. Taylor joined the UTeach Austin team in Spring 2019 as a Master Teacher. She teaches Step 1 and works with Mendez Middle School to support teachers with remediation, enrichment and intervention for their students. Additionally, Ariel works with a team to develop the UTeach Accelerate pathway.
Ariel is a UTeach Austin alumna. She received both her B.S. and M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Texas in Austin. She also earned a doctorate in Professional Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Houston. Dr. Taylor holds her secondary math master teacher, principal, and superintendent certifications. She served as a high school math teacher, math specialist, and junior college math instructor prior to beginning her work here at UTeach Austin.
Outside of her educational leadership work, she engages in youth empowerment through the nonprofit organization, The RISE Project, which she founded as an undergraduate student. Ariel has presented at schools and conferences around the world to assist educators in providing quality learning opportunities. She believes in the importance of authentic engagement and student accountability. Her book, Party of Four Please!: A Standards-Based Approach to Differentiation through Blended Learning, was released in September 2018.