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To honor the bustling EdTech conference season, Meet Newmind is taking 5 minutes to get to know the newest member of our education team, Allison Taylor!

Allison grew up in Lawton Michigan, about 25 minutes southwest of Kalamazoo, and got her Bachelor’s in Education from Western Michigan University. After going on on to get her M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, she took on a full-time teaching position in the Kalamazoo area, and was involved with technology training and rollouts within her school district. Today, Allison is still in West Michigan, where she lives with her family.

“My husband and I have two great kiddos. Our daughter Sydney is 10 and our son Lincoln is 7. We also have our trusted sidekick Hector (our dog). We love to hang-out on the boat, lounging and fishing (ice fishing in the winter). We enjoy golfing together as a family, and I also love to run!”

Allison enjoying the beach with her family

Joining the Newmind Faculty

In 2015, the opportunity to join the Newmind EDU team was brought to her attention. Allison saw it as a chance to get technology into students’ hands—even more than she could do in her old district. Today, Allison is the EdTech Strategist at Newmind Group, where she helps to support, connect, and celebrate educators.

“I like working at Newmind because it allows me to be creative and to work with awesome people who have a great vision for the future. It is exciting to be part of it.”

The Bonus Round

How do you get in the zone to G.S.D. (Get Stuff Done)?
Coffee, quiet space, and sitting in a comfortable chair.

Do you have a personal motto or words you live by?
“Make every day count,” life is too short! Don’t sweat the small stuff.

What’s your go-to spot for food or drink where you live?
Irvings is quickly becoming my favorite!

What’s a book you’d recommend (last book you read) to every colleague?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It’s such an inspiring book about following your dreams.

What’s one place you’d like to visit someday, but haven’t been before?

Puma Punku, Bolivia. After watching “Ancient Aliens” I think it would be really cool to go see all of the temples and monuments that are there.

If you had a time machine, where would you travel?
I would want to travel far into the future. I would want to see all of the advances that we have made (hopefully for the better!)