This award recognizes dedicated service and leadership of local school board members who serve more than one term. This year’s Veteran School Board Member of the Year is Dr. Angela Taylor. Angie was appointed to the Washoe County School Board in 2014, and then elected in 2016 and 2020. During her nearly 8 years on the board, Angie has served as Board President for four years, as Vice President for two years, and as Clerk for one year. Angie has been involved in two superintendent searches, serious budget deficits and implementation of a balanced budget, impacts of a diverse and growing community, and a global Covid pandemic. Through all these issues, the district continued to focus on student success and academic achievement as evidenced by the student graduation rate from 73% in 2014 to 82% in 2021. Angie was instrumental in helping to secure funding for capital projects through the passage of WC-1. Under Angie’s leadership, Washoe County was one of the first districts in the nation to open the 2020-2021 school year and offered in person (elementary), hybrid (secondary) and distance learning models. During all of the important decisions made during Covid—social distancing, face coverings, transportation, playgrounds, contact tracing—Angie was keenly focused on maintaining equity for all students and families. Angie demonstrates courageous leadership and stability to her board and Washoe’s students. She epitomizes grace under fire and has worked diligently to maintain civility in board meetings while encouraging and respecting community input. Angie has also served on the NIAA Board of Control and on the NASB Executive Committee. Her contributions always focused on what was best for the association, its members, and Nevada’s students. Service and support are an innate part of Angie’s core values and actions. She attended Washoe County schools and graduated from Hug High School. She owns Guardian Quest, Inc., a corporate training company. She is also an ordained minister and serves as the administrative assistant pastor at Greater Light Christian Center in Reno. Angie is passionate about education, diversity and inclusion, leadership and faith. Washoe County students, staff and families are fortunate to have her as their champion. Indeed, as the newly elected Assemblywoman for District 27, all students in Nevada are fortunate to have her in their corner. Nominated by Washoe County and Carson City, thank you for all you do, Dr. Angela Taylor—the Veteran School Board Member of the Year.
Dr. Angela Taylor, NASB Veteran School Board Member of the Year
DEC 11, 2022