The O'Farrell Charter School

Winner of the National Excellence in Urban Education Award


My name is McKenzie Taylor.  I've been teaching since 2011, and I've been at O'Farrell since 2016.  
I'm originally from Houston, Texas, and I lived there until I started college.  I obtained my undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where I majored in English and Psychology, and minored in Spanish.  I then earned my master's degree in teaching, along with my secondary English teaching credential, from Stanford University.  I also recently earned my master's degree in English from Ohio University.  
I taught for five years in South and East Los Angeles, where I built the skill set that I now utilize in my classroom at O'Farrell.  I believe that every student is capable of achieving incredible outcomes if they are given the proper support and encouragement, and I look forward to creating the kind of classroom environment where students feel safe, loved, and encouraged to do their best.
This year, I have the pleasure of teaching English 9, English 12, Yearbook & Photojournalism, and AVID.  The syllabus for each of my courses is below.  Please take a look and contact me with any questions.
If there's ever anything I can do for you as a student, parent, or member of the O'Farrell community, let me know!