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Meet The First Lady of FAMU Football

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

For the past 27 years, Beverly Taylor has been a school teacher. And she can say that she was one of the first teachers ever hired at Montford Middle School.

But Taylor is more than just a teacher...She's a wife, a mother, and now, an established author. But even as she's doing all of that, it's her husband who takes the headlines.

Beverly Taylor reads from her new book titled Miss Shoog's Spirit. She says it's about God's special people and the influence of the church on young kids.

"I've been writing for the past 20 years. I started off as an elementary school teacher and I always told stories, so I decided, wouldn't it be great to write a story."

The story brings Bev back to her childhood. That's where she first met Miss Shoog.

"A lady in the neighborhood that I lived in Chicago, her name was Miss Shoog. She's not the character in the story, but I liked her name."

While Bev is known for her book and her years of service in the classroom, many in Tallahassee know her for another reason.

"I'm a football wife, I'm a reading teacher, and now I'm blessed to be an author."

As for the first part, the football part, that's where you know Bev Taylor; aka, the first lady of FAMU football. Her husband Joe is the head coach of the Rattlers, and Beverly's biggest fan.

All around the house are awards for the for Joe, but Bev has her share of awards too... But there's one award that's missing...Sure a teacher of the year award would be great, but Bev would trade it in for the ultimate prize.

"As you can see, there's a blank up there. There's a blank space. That's gonna be for the trophies we receive at FAMU when we win that national championship."


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