Taylor Gilfillan '13
Taylor Gilfillan is a Physics / AP Physics 1 teacher and Grade Level Chair at KIPP Sunnyside High School in Houston, Texas. Taylor graduated from Washington and Lee in 2013 with a B.S. in Physics with Honors. During his time at W&L, Taylor developed his passion for servant leadership through his service in many organizations which led to his recognition as the John W. Elrod 2012-2013 General of the Year.
Gilfillan joined the Teach For America Houston Corps in January of his senior year, following his desire to impact the lives of children facing educational inequity and social injustice. Since then, his role as a teacher has included building positive culture in the classroom, designing smart and effective classroom systems, community engagement and event planning, creating culturally-relevant lessons based on students' experiences and backgrounds, and integrating ACT readiness standards into his curriculum to support regional ACT growth goals. In 2015-16, Gilfillan had the highest percentage of students pass the AP Physics 1 AP Exam in his region, and consistently has pass rates of 90%+ on district assessments in Physics. His past roles have included Advanced Sciences Course Leader and Curriculum Writer for KIPP Houston Public Schools from 2015 to 2017, responsible for leading professional development for the chemistry and physics teachers in his region. He has led multiple professional development sessions at his campus on data-driven differentiation in the classroom. Over his teaching career, Taylor has also taught Geometry and Biology.
During the Summer of 2017, Gilfillan served as a Corps Member Advisor at the TFA Houston National Institute, where he coached and developed 11 new TFA corps members. In addition, he facilitated professional development sessions for incoming corps members while building supportive partnerships to ensure success in the classroom throughout the Houston Region. In his free time, Taylor enjoys cycling, traveling and reading.