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As of November 17th, 2020, all credit classes are moving back to an all-online academic platform. All intercollegiate athletics activities will also shut down as of that date. Residence halls will remain open as planned through Tuesday, November 24th unless a change in the COVID situation requires a change in the College’s housing strategy.

Garrett College McHenry campus offices will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Offices will be closed for service from 12- 1 p.m. for lunch. Visitors are strongly encouraged to schedule appointments (either virtual or in-person). When on campus, all visitors must follow the College’s health-and-safety measures. Please note the outreach centers (NOC, SOC, CTTC) will have variable hours - please call ahead prior to visiting these locations.


The most up-to-date information on Garrett College's response to COVID-19, can be found online at novel coronavirus/COVID-19 resource page.

Note: the Daily Health Self-Assessment form is located here.

Garrett College will open at 10:00 am today, December 2, 2020. All classes and activities with a start time at or after 10:00am will meet as scheduled. Virtual classes with a start time before 10:00am will not meet unless otherwise stated by the professor/instructor. Campus will be accessible 45 minutes before the opening time. Essential employees report as scheduled. 

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John Taylor

Assistant Professor of Education



John Taylor

Assistant Professor of Education

Academic area: Education


Professor Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Education at Garrett College. Professor Taylor has worked in the field of Special Education and Community Health for the past 32 years as a public school teacher, consultant, and Health and Special Education professor.

Academic Degrees

  • Ed.D in Special Education with a Minor in Community Health, West Virginia University, 1993
  • M.S. in Community Health Promotion, West Virginia University, 1995
  • M.S. in School Health Education: Health Education 5-12, West Virginia University, 1995
  • M.A. in Special Education: Behavioral Disorders K-12, West Virginia University, 1989
  • B.S. in Secondary Education: Biological Sciences 7-12 & Social Sciences 7-9, West Virginia University, 1986


  • State of West Virginia Teaching Certificates: Autism, Grades K-Adult, Behavior Disorders, Grades K-Adult, Biological Sciences, Grades 7-Adult, Health Education, Grades 5-Adult, Mentally Impaired, Grades K-Adult, Social Studies, Grades 7-9, & Specific Learning Disabilities, Grades K-Adult
  • State of New York Teaching Certificate: Special Education: Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Grades K-12
  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI)
  • Therapy Dogs International Active Volunteer (TDIA) Certificate
  • Special Education
  • Autism
  • Behavior Management

Research Interests

  • Special Education
  • Autism
  • Behavior Management
  • Human Sexuality
  • Sex Education

Awards & Honors

  • Named one of Top Five West Virginia Professors of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia, 2011.
  • West Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Member of the Year Award, 2004.
  • Glenville State College Outstanding Faculty Award, 2003.


  • Former Journal Reviewer for Educational Renaissance the Journal of the Renaissance Group.
  • Former Journal Reviewer for School-University Partnerships the Journal of the National Association for Professional Development Schools.
  • Taylor, J. (2010). Success Stories in Special Education: Zack Taylor. Council for Exceptional Children Federal Outlook for Special Education. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Reviewer for the Asperger's Disorder Evaluation Scale developed by Hawthorne Educational Services. 2009.
  • Textbook Review of Special Education for All Teachers by Colarusso for Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company and Content Connections. 2007.


  • EDU 101: Early Childhood Education I
  • EDU 102: Early Childhood II: Curriculum
  • EDU 105: Career Analysis in Education
  • EDU 201: Foundations of Education
  • EDU 210: Introduction to the Exceptional Individual
  • EDU 251: Adapting Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • EDU 275: Teaching Laboratory
  • HEA 209: Health and Physical Education for the Elementary Classroom
  • HEA 234: School Health Content


  • Classroom Management and Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary School Students. Grant County Schools. Petersburg, WV. May 2017.
  • Parental Concerns Regarding the Education and Transition of Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities. West Virginia Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children. Weston, WV. March 2017.
  • From Early Intervention to Graduation: A Father’s Walk with Autism. 18th Annual New England Fathering Conference. Groton, CT. March 2017.
  • The Benefits of Supportive Employment Programs for Adults with Disabilities. The United Way of Harrison County. Clarksburg, WV. March 2017.
  • The Impact of Therapy Dogs on Students with Emotional and Behavior Disorders: Implications for Public School Settings. Lewis County Schools. Weston, WV December 2016.


  • Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, Division for Developmental Disabilities, West Virginia Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, Autism Society of America, Autism Society of West Virginia, Tourette Syndrome Association, Parent Member: Autism Training Center, Marshall University, Therapy Dogs International, Golden Endings Prison Dog Training Organization & William R. Sharpe, Jr. Volunteer Auxiliary.

General Interests

  • Kayaking, Reading, Walking, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Travel, Designing Flowerbeds