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Deanna Taylor

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Deanna Taylor
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Board member, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, District 1
Term ends
Years in position 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next general2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina Central University
ProfessionTeaching assistant
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Deanna Taylor is a Democratic representative for District 1 on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in North Carolina. She advanced against fellow Democratic candidates Vic Johnson, Chenita Barber Johnson and Malishai Woodbury in the May 6, 2014, primary election. Taylor and Vic Johnson advanced to the November 4, 2014, general election but faced no Republican opponents. Deanna Taylor won the general election on November 4, 2014.


Taylor earned a B.S. in criminal justice from North Carolina Central University. She currently works as a teaching assistant at Forest Park Elementary School. Taylor and her husband, James, have three kids currently attending district schools.[1]



See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)


Deanna Taylor ran against fellow Democratic candidates Vic Johnson, Chenita Barber Johnson and Malishai Woodbury in the primary election on May 6, 2014. Taylor and Vic Johnson advanced to the November 4, 2014, general election but faced no additional opposition.


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeanna Taylor 52% 19,552
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVic Johnson Incumbent 48% 18,068
Total Votes 37,620
Source: North Carolina Board of Elections, "2014 General Election Results," accessed December 30, 2014
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, District 1 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeanna Taylor 32.9% 3,167
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVic Johnson Incumbent 31.3% 3,012
     Democratic Malishai Woodbury 24.6% 2,365
     Democratic Chenita Barber Johnson 11.3% 1,088
Total Votes 9,632
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - FORSYTH," May 13, 2014


Taylor had not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Forsyth County Board of Elections as of April 30, 2014.


Taylor was endorsed by the Winston-Salem Journal ahead of the primary election.[2]

Campaign themes


Taylor listed her themes for the 2014 campaign on her campaign website:

Equity and Fairness

Each student, regardless of race, gender, culture or socio-economic level should have access to every resources available to help them succeed. In order to ensure equity and fairness throughout our school we should:

  • Focus on the Individual Student. By focusing on the individual student, and knowing that language, culture, gender, and socio-economics affects our student’s learning, we will be better able to understand his or her particular needs
  • Same Gender Classrooms. I will explore offering more same gender classrooms as an option for parents throughout our district. Students learn better in an environment they feel comfortable in, and in most cases this means being surrounded by their counterparts.
  • Create Diversity in all our Schools. I believe that a school’s results are impacted by the diversity of its students. Winston Salem Forsyth County schools statistics showed that schools with more diversity in income and race received higher test scores than schools with less diversity.

Support for Teachers

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools employs about 4,000 classroom/ part-time teachers. I know firsthand the daily challenges teachers face in the classroom, and I believe that we must do everything possible to support them and give them the tools, encouragement and motivation to succeed.

Many teachers feel that they do not have adequate time during the year to find professional development resources or to collaborate with their peers. Professional development needs to be a priority so that we can continue to retain quality teachers and give them the opportunity to improve their teaching skills and knowledge.

Building strong communication and support with our teachers and administrators is also an imperative factor in ensuring that we have quality, motivated teachers. We need to identify which current procedures are successful and which ones are not. This will allow us to collaborate to design better alternative systems.

By understanding and supporting the needs of our teachers, we can help maintain their motivation. These teachers will then convey their enthusiasm to their students, and I believe this encourages them to learn.[3]

—Deanna Taylor's campaign website, (2014) [4]

About the district

See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Winston-Salem, the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, Forsyth County is home to 361,220 residents.[5] Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 53,340 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


Forsyth County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.6 percent of Forsyth County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Forsyth County was $45,809 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 17.6 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Forsyth County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 68.0 71.9
Black or African American 27.1 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.1 2.5
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[7]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 53.0 45.8
2008 54.8 44.3
2004 45.5 54.1
2000 43.0 56.0

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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