Terry Taylor

Adjunct Professor
University of British Columbia – Rural and Remote Education and West Kootenay Teacher Education Programs

Learning Partner & Coach
BC Compassionate Systems Leadership Provincial Team
Canada: British Columbia Hub | NORTH AMERICA

Terry Taylor is grateful to live and learn on the traditional unceded territory of the Sinixt Peoples. She is a former Superintendent of Schools and Lead Learner in an innovative rural district in southeastern British Columbia (BC), known for its signature pedagogy—critical place-conscious learning. Leading learning and systems change through relational, inclusive, and decolonizing pedagogy and leadership are her educational passions. As a result, Terry’s EdD dissertation (Western University, 2022) focuses on creating coherence and systemness to nurture decolonization, equity, and well-being.

With an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology (University of Toronto) and B.A. in English and Performing Arts (Simon Fraser University), Terry has co-led professional learning and coached and mentored teachers, school leaders, and teacher candidates for many years. She is passionate about learning from and working in partnership with Indigenous Elders and all partners in community, leveraging the enabling constraints of rurality and connection to place for equity, deep learning, and flourishing for all learners. 

Terry teaches inquiry, place-conscious learning, assessment, and educational change for the University of BC’s West Kootenay Teacher Education and the Rural and Remote Teacher Education program, and also coaches M.Ed. Leadership students for Vancouver Island University. Giving back to this profession which has sustained her spirit and soul is a post-retirement blessing.

Likewise, Terry is grateful to learn alongside Peter Senge, Mette Boell, and the vibrant global community of practice in Compassionate Systems Leadership. CSL’s decolonizing and compassionate leadership approach for system change is developed in her doctoral dissertation and organizational transformation plan. 

In partnership with BC’s Ministry of Education and UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership, Terry is part of the CSL Provincial Team. The team’s goal is to cultivate capacity and impact of Compassionate Systems Leadership in BC’s 60 school districts. The BC Hub envisions decolonial compassionate systems change to foster equity and well-being for children, youth and adult learners. 

Living on the shores of Slocan Lake in the West Kootenay region of BC, Terry finds joy in family, friends, and community. She loves to walk, hike, swim, kayak, cook, garden, and practice yoga amidst reading, writing, and researching.