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Class year: 2014

School: Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Degree: EdD, Educational and School Administration

Occupation: Founding Principal, Phillip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship

City: Fresno, California

Other education:
Babson College MBA, Entrepreneurship
UC Davis, Master's in Education and Single Subject Credential
Brigham Young University, BA, English

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College of the Pacific
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Stockton, CA 95211

Brett Taylor '14 EDU: Creating the next generation of entrepreneurs

Brett Taylor '14 EDU
Taylor is the founding principal of the Phillip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship, where students gain unique hands-on experience working with business professionals and have the opportunity to launch their own businesses.

by Eilleen Le '16
Pacific Review, spring 2017

When the superintendent of Fresno Unified School District wanted to start a new school of entrepreneurship, Brett Taylor '14 was the one for the job. 

Taylor has dedicated himself to creating innovative learning environments for young entrepreneurs. As the principal of Duncan Polytechnical High School in the Fresno Unified School District, ranked among U.S. News' Best High Schools, Taylor redesigned career-oriented programs into a dynamic learning community. His innovative approach led him to head the district's newest high school based on an innovative model for secondary education, the Phillip J. Patiño School of Entrepreneurship. 

Launched in 2015, the Patiño School provides its students hands-on business experience and the opportunity to launch their own companies. Taylor credits his education at Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education and his doctoral research on how traditional school districts implement virtual schools as the foundation for his success. 

Located in the fourth-largest school district in California, the Patiño School of Entrepreneurship's 240 students work together on projects with startup companies to help them solve business problems. They learn collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and by their last year, they will have developed, pitched and launched their own companies — something most 17- or 18-year-olds can't say. 

"I feel the experience here at the Patiño School of Entrepreneurship will prepare students not only to enter the 21st century workforce, but to lead it," Taylor said. "It really is a unique opportunity that's available only here and now in Fresno, California. To be able to leave school having started a business, having worked in innovative situations with startup companies, having learned new technology...what could be better?" 

Taylor recently came back to Pacific to speak about his experience and offer advice to students, faculty, fellow alumni and community educators. For him, it was humbling to speak to people who wanted to learn from his experiences. Many plan to visit the Patiño School, including students from the Eberhardt School of Business.  

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