Staff Bios

Sam Taylor

Science Teacher

Sam Taylor
Boys Boarding School Email Address

Sam’s love of the outdoors has been evident all his life, so he combined this love with teaching and received an Outdoor Recreation, Management, and Education degree from Georgia Southern University in 2014.

Sam initially joined Cherokee Creek as a member of our trek team, supporting our students and families in adventure programming. His education, engaging personality and experiential teaching model made him the perfect fit to step into the classroom.

Sam holds many certificates and seems to always be adding new ones to the list! These are wonderful contributions to our classrooms and community.

  • Sam is a certified science teacher for grades 5-12. This covers astronomy to biology to thermodynamics!
  • Beekeeper Certificate is in process through the University of Florida (with plans to co-lead a bee keeping program at CCBS upon completion).
  • SC Adopt a Stream Certified (for Chemical, Bacterial, and Macroinvertebrate testing)
    This program is run by South Carolina DHEC, SCU, and Clemson University. Being certified means Sam is qualified to conduct scientific studies of the ecosystemic health of stream ecosystems (i.e. any aquatic ecosystem with running water). He can test for chemical indicators, bacterial contamination, and species diversity of macroinvertebrates (i.e. creepy crawlies) that live in the stream. This process is used to teach our students about ecosystems, data collection, the scientific method, land management, insect biology, and multiple other environmental science concepts. It also empowers them to participate in REAL LIVING science, as opposed to repeating well worn scientific experiments.
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Project WILD and WILD Aquatic certificates (Project WET Certificate in process):
    • PLT, WILD, and WET are all separate organizations (despite the similar names) that have created a similar initiative. Their missions are to educate K-12 students in environmental science through experiential education, and cross cutting concepts. They provide many different lessons that cover a wide variety of highly adaptable activities and lessons. Many of these lessons incorporate language arts, math, and social studies to promote interest and show relationships between different subject areas. PLT focuses on trees and forests, WILD focuses on wildlife, and WET focuses on aquatic ecosystems. 
  • CPR/First Aid Instructor 
  • Wilderness First Responder Certified



Let me share a middle school story…

“Middle school was a particularly tough time for me. Not only was I growing up and changing, but the added pressure of having many different classes and teachers made it difficult for me to focus. Having ADHD, I struggled to stay on task and remain present in a regular academic environment. Although I did have some teachers who were understanding and helpful, many were simply dismissive. As a result, I adopted the rebellious persona of a ‘punk rocker’. I eventually grew out of that, but the experience of middle school taught me that most schools do not cater well to those of us with learning disabilities. Having gone through this will impact the way I teach and interact in my classroom.”

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