The school junk drawer...aka Mr. Taylor
Every home has a go-to drawer in their kitchen that is full of junk. You might not know exactly what's in there, but you know when you're looking for something you can probably find it there. I was given the nickname "junk drawer" by a former administrator because of the variety of courses teach and roles I've held on campus.
But I suppose you're more interested in learning about your child's teacher if you took the time to click on the link to this page than just learning about my random nickname.
This school year marks my twelfth in the J. O. Combs Unified School District. I moved to Arizona from Southern California in February of 2007 while completing a master's degree in secondary education from the University of Phoenix. I completed my undergraduate studies at the collegiate baseball hotbed, Cal State Fullerton. While working toward my bachelor's I was a sports writer for the award winning "Daily Titan" newspaper. I was fortunate enough to interview former professional basketball star Karl Malone, Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki, San Francisco third baseman Evan Longoria and Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner.
My career as a journalist was short lived after I graduated from CSUF in 2005. I interned at the East Valley Tribune where I quickly learned that the late night hours and frequent travel of a sports journalist were not for me.
I decided to enroll in graduate school to fulfill a destiny that was foreshadowed back in high school. Upon graduation, I received a scholarship from the Duarte Unified School district for being the student most likely to become a teacher.
Which brings me to where I am today, department chair of Career and Technical Education, student media adviser (newspaper, broadcast journalism and yearbook) and Honors Geometry teacher at Combs High School, providing your son or daughter with some of the tools necessary to become a responsible, respectful young adult.
Thank you again for taking the time to learn a little bit more about myself and my academic endeavors,
- Brian Taylor