Susan Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1974, M.Ed. in reading in 1978 and +30 in 1980. She began her career in the elementary classroom before moving into administration in Red River and Natchitoches parishes, serving as principal of Coushatta Elementary, the NSU Elementary Lab School and Riverdale Academy. She is currently school improvement specialist/principal mentor for JBHM Education Group. Taylor cited her years of working with and mentoring new teachers and designing and implementing successful practices as among the most rewarding of her career. Taylor has been recognized as Woman of the Year, Principal of the Year and Teacher of the Year for Red River Parish and was Student Teacher of the Year at Northwestern State. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma honor society for women educators. Taylor has been married to Joe F. Taylor for 47 years and the couple has two daughters and four grandchildren. Both their daughters earned degrees in education at Northwestern State.