Date of Birth: 5th Apr 1944
What institutions did she attend?
- Palmview Elementary, Florida, USA
- Roosevelt High School, Florida, USA
- Bethune Cookman College, Florida, USA- BSc in Biology and Chemistry
- University of Miami, Florida, USA- MEd in Education Administration and Supervision
- Bethune-Carver-Dewey Educational Partnership Award for work in Science Education in The Bahamas, 2005
- Award for long and dedicated service to the development of Science Education in Bahamian schools, Primary Principals’ Association, 1999
She served as the first volunteer science teacher to inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison and gave advice on the establishment of a technical and vocational centre for the inmates.
In honour of her late son, she recreates his popular Harl Taylor BAG designs.
Caribbean Women in STI
Beverly J.T. Taylor is an eminent figure in the field of science education, which she played a major role in promoting and strengthening in The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean for over 38 years. Under her leadership, science education in the Bahamian public school system improved significantly, with the upgrading of the national science curriculum, enhancement of science facilities and teaching resources, the promotion of capacity building, and the popularisation of science and technology.
She also spearheaded the development of the country’s strategic plan for science and technology titled “Roadmap for the Advancement of Science and Technology for The Bahamas.”
Over the course of her career, Mrs Taylor served as a science teacher, science department head and a primary science lecturer at The Bahamas Teachers’ College and the Bahamas campus of St John’s/ St Benedict’s College. She was the first Education Officer for Primary Science Education appointed in the Ministry of Education and ultimately became its first Science and Technology Assistant Director of Education. She promoted a “hands on” approach to the teaching of science in public schools and introduced materials written by teachers for use in the classroom. She ensured that schools were adequately resourced with a cadre of trained science teachers as well as materials and supplies to implement the national science curriculum. The many pioneering initiatives established by Mrs Taylor to advance science education in The Bahamas include: The Bahamas Science and Technology Exhibition, Children’s Environmental Summit, Youth Focus Bahamas, The Bahamas Science and Technology Careers’ Exposition, The Golden Coral Awards, The Bahamas Environment Education Programme (BEEP), and a travelling exhibition featuring Bahamian women with careers in science and technology. She also founded The Bahamas Science Resource Centre and The Bahamas Association of Science Technology and Mathematics Educators (BASTME).
Mrs Taylor represented her country on major regional science education bodies, including the Caribbean Regional Steering Committee of the Caribbean Association of Science Technology and Mathematics Educators (CASTME), and Associated Schools Project Network (ASP Net). Her presentation of The Bahamas’ activities in science and technology at the Ministerial Round Table of UNESCO’s 2005 General Meeting in Paris, France lead to an invitation by its Director General for her to join the team drafting the final presentation of UNESCO’s “Basic Sciences” Communiqué 2005. She was the first Caribbean woman extended such an honour. During her tenure as chairperson of the Caribbean Council for Science and Technology (CCST), the first comprehensive regional policy framework entitled “Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development”, was completed in partnership with NIHERST.
Throughout her long career, Mrs Taylor helped many young Bahamians to obtain scholarships, grants and other forms of assistance to study science at colleges and universities. Many of the students were young women. She saw these efforts as a means of promoting sustainable growth and scientific and technological progress in The Bahamas. She also gives service as a board member of the Gerace Research Centre, College of The Bahamas.
Beverly Taylor (née Thomas) was born on 5th April, 1944 in Florida and was raised by her mother and grandparents. Naturally inquisitive as a child, she was always pulling toys apart to find out how they either moved or cried. An eager learner who was always at the top of her class, she decided during her senior year of college that she would become a science educator. She believes an outstanding teacher of science must know his or her students and encourage them to become critical thinkers.
She advises students wishing to become science educators to start by developing an understanding and appreciation of the scientific method and utilising it to solve day-to-day problems.
What is a science educator?
A science educator is a professional who is dedicated to teaching and encouraging students in the learning and application of scientific principles. That may cover a wide range of disciplines in the natural and applied sciences—from biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and computer science to engineering, medicine, geographic information systems, climatology, and much more.
Areas of Specialisation
A science educator can specialise in any of the natural or applied sciences.
What do I need to study?
At CSEC and CAPE: General Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math
A bachelor’s degree in the science field you wish to teach, followed by a teaching certificate or diploma.
What skills and traits do I need?
- Ability to impart knowledge in an organised and comprehensible manner
- Dedication and patience with students
- Ability to plan curriculum and lesson plans
Famous Science Educators
- William Sharp
- Glen Aikenhead
- Evelina Felicite-Maurice
- Carl Edward Sagan