Faculty Friday: Cathy Taylor

The Faculty Friday blog series highlights the powerhouse of our university: our wonderful faculty and staff. Those men and women, including student and course mentors, work hard every day to make sure our students are well-served – through the student experience to graduation and beyond.

Cathy Taylor

Student Mentor

Teachers College

DeRidder, Louisiana

How long have you been working at WGU?
Since November 2009.

What did you do before you started at WGU?
Throughout my career, I have worked in public and private school settings as a coordinator, counselor, and teacher. I have also worked as a therapist for couples and families, children, and adolescents, and I teach psychology courses part time. I have a master’s in counseling psychology, and an MBA with an emphasis in healthcare management. I currently reside in Bellingham, Washington with my husband. I love to travel, sing, and play flute and guitar.

What is your favorite thing about working at WGU?
Working with students. Our students are motivated, resilient, and they inspire me on a daily basis. I love being able to help students work through their program, realize their potential, and finish their degree.

Tell us about your proudest moment at WGU.
I'm proud to work at a university that is innovative and focused on student success. We are the leader in competency-based education, and I'm extremely proud of the the rigor of our program and our outcomes. Our students don't just graduate, they are ready for their career, and in the Teachers College, that means they are ready for their own classroom. It's exciting to be part of this growth.

What has surprised you most about working for WGU?
How much I love working in higher education. I transitioned from behavioral health, and I thought that I would like working with adult learners, but I didn't realize how much I would love it. My students inspire me everyday. I'm also very fortunate to work with very talented and creative colleagues. I love the diversity of our faculty.

Outside of work, what are you passionate about?
My husband and I love to travel. I also enjoy singing in a community choir and playing flute and guitar. If I had unlimited time and money, I would study music and foreign languages full time and travel the world exploring both.

What's your pump up playlist?
1. Ain't Nothing Gonna Break my Stride by Matthew Wilder 2. Let's Go Crazy by Prince 3. The Story by Belinda Carlisle 4. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana 5. One by Bono and Mary J. Blige

If you could learn any skill instantly what would it be?
I would like to be able to dance — in many different styles. I am rhythmically challenged, and I would love to have that natural ability!

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A Country Western singer.

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