Sylacauga City Schools is noted for its long history of dedicated teachers who not only taught, but also inspired their students to achieve great things. To continue this legacy of teaching and learning, a group of retired teachers, support staff, and administrators came together to endow a college scholarship through the Sylacauga City Schools Foundation for a future teacher.

The 2020 recipient is Miss Ivana Taylor, the daughter of Edward and Cindy Taylor. She plans to attend Troy University and major in Music Education. Ivana was very active during her four years at Sylacauga High School. She has taken AP/Advanced or Honor classes in all four core curricula and a member of several clubs and honor societies, but her passion and love is in the fine arts, specifically the music department. Her successes in the band and choral music programs are unprecedented and unparalleled. She has participated in six different major university honor bands in Alabama and Mississippi, has been All-County, All-District, and All-State, and has received countless awards and accolades. 


Ivana stated, "I have told myself ever since I walked into music class in kindergarten for the first time that I wanted to teach music, and my dream is finally coming true."


The teaching profession is a very rewarding one met with challenges, opportunities, and successes; and this future teacher will embrace it all with inspiration and a deep understanding of the impact teachers make in shaping the lives of their students.


Congratulations to Ivana Taylor!

To apply for the Future Teacher Scholarship, download the application here.

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Ivana Taylor