Department of Family and Child Studies Welcomes New Faculty Member

The Reich College of Education’s (RCOE) Department of Family and Child Studies welcomes a new faculty member, Dr. Heather Taylor, to Appalachian State University for the Spring 2020 semester. 

Taylor earned a Ph.D. in special education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), and a M.Ed. in early childhood special education and B.S. in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

Prior to Appalachian, Taylor worked as the Quality Assurance Program Lead for the Early Educator Support Office at UNCC. She also served as an adjunct instructor in UNCC’s Department of Special Education and Child and Family Development.

“Without a doubt, I’m most excited about teaching and supporting students!”

Taylor is thrilled to be a member of the Appalachian community. She chose Appalachian for three reasons:

  1. “Appalachian State University has a reputation for having high-quality education programs and dedicated students;
  2. Being able to learn from the Lucy Brock Child Developmental Laboratory Program; and 
  3. Also, the Mountains. Something about the University being nestled in the majesty of the North Carolina mountains is magnetic!”

“Without a doubt, I’m most excited about teaching and supporting students,” she said.

Taylor’s research includes the exploration of strategies to best support early childhood educators who work with children and families in inclusive settings.

Taylor has lots of interests and hobbies. “I love making fresh pasta and cooking with my family. A very close second is tubing on the New River!”

Heather Taylor
Published: Jan 28, 2020 10:37am