An inclusive leader in the field of education and social justice youth development committed to the empowerment of girls through the arts, and community collaboration.
To engage, enlighten, and educate is NyRee Clayton-Taylor’s focus as she uses Hip-Hop Based Education (HHBE) to explore the therapeutic healing of writing, reading, and performing. NyRee didn’t think academic achievement was a possibility due to being retained in third grade, labeled with a learning disability, and characterized as a behavior problem. It wasn’t until a teacher saw her performing and encouraged her to use her talents to write poetry that she decided to use her life as a catalyst. She changed her trajectory and became the first person in her family to graduate from college. NyRee Clayton-Taylor considers her most significant contribution to education to be her ability to build relationships with students, parents, and teachers. Even now, as the 2019 KY Elementary Teacher of the Year, she is the founder and co-director of the nonprofitHHN2L and JCPS’ Justice Now.