Mr. John K. Taylor, Principal


John K. Taylor is a native of Saint Petersburg, FL, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Florida State University in 1992 and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville University in 2000.

Mr. Taylor has over 21 years of educational leadership and instructional expertise.  His experience includes 16 years of executive and administrative level responsibility and 5 years of instructional delivery.  Mr. Taylor has worked at both primary and secondary levels throughout his career. He offers a unique track record by having worked with contract, charter and public Schools in Duval County.

Mr. Taylor currently serves as principal to the scholars, faculty and staff of Valor Academy of Leadership in Jacksonville, FL.

“I know that we are conducting monumental work at Valor. Our investment both personally and professionally is extremely selfless and stands to impact unborn generations through student achievement. One cannot help but realize the significance of this venture. Every day we are granted the opportunity to participate in the evolution and cultivation of the community’s future. I am honored to support my colleagues and scholars over the course of this life altering journey.”

– John K. Taylor

Mr. Rashid Williams, Dean of Scholars


Rashid Williams, a native of Miami, FL, earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing & Real Estate at Florida State University and a Master of Divinity from The Interdenominational Theological Center.

Mr. Rashid Williams has six years of experience in the field of education, three as a teacher, two as an associate director, and one as an administrator.   In the summer of 2009 Williams joined Teach For America and became a corps member in Charlotte, NC.  Upon completing an intensive summer training program, Rashid was hired as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, where he completed his two-year commitment.  Williams remained in the classroom a third year as a 7th & 8th grade History teacher at KIPP Charlotte, a free open enrollment, college preparatory public school serving almost 400 students in grades five through eight.

As a teacher Mr. Williams ultimate goal was to help students understand the importance of history and empower them to be agents of change as history makers.  Rashid decided to leave the classroom and become the Associate Director of KIPP Through College program at KIPP Charlotte in 2012.  In that role, he assisted 7th and 8th students and families with high school placement and college readiness.  Currently, Mr. Williams is the Dean of Scholars at Valor Academy of Leadership, an all-boys, tuition free public charter school in Jacksonville, FL.  In addition, he is currently pursuing a Master of Public School Building and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.