Taylor McGraw
The Bell

After teaching for five years in Harlem and Brooklyn, Taylor left the classroom in 2017 to help launch The Bell, a nonprofit that empowers students to lead the fight for educational equity.

He advises The Bell’s two student-led programs: the Miseducation podcast, which features student narratives about inequality in the New York City school system; and Teens Take Charge, an advocacy group that works to shift power in education decision-making to students.

His writing has appeared in USA Today, The Hechinger Report, and Narratively. In his spare time, he works on a book about a summer he spent playing chess with men in Washington Square Park.

Taylor earned a BA in public policy leadership from the University of Mississippi, an MA in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and an MFA in creative writing from The New School.

He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi.