Dr. Taylor Moore, left, and her mother, Dr. Rosalyn Robinson. (Donald Franklin)

In a rare occurrence, both a mother and daughter received Doctor of Education degrees in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology during commencement exercises on Saturday May 18.

The mother, Rosalyn S. Robinson has an extensive 23-year career beginning as an elementary school teacher at Wilder’s Preparatory Academy Charter School in Inglewood where she subsequently became principal. She now serves as a principal for Aspire Public Schools, a charter school district in Los Angeles.

Robinson received her B.S. degree in Social Science from the University of Houston-Downtown, and her M.S. in Educational Leadership from National University. Her doctoral studies were an extension of her proven visionary leadership and passionate advocacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in K-12 education.

Robinson said, “DEI is essential to creating an educational environment where every student, staff member, and stakeholder brings unique perspectives, experiences, and skills. DEI impacts classroom instruction by preparing students for a more diverse and interrelated world that empowers them to one day embrace collective action in their communities.”

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Daughter Taylor S. Manuel Moore, with 10 years professional experience, worked as an academic intervention specialist at Wilder’s Preparatory Academy Charter School and later became a school psychologist. Presently, she is a director of Special Education for Inner City Education Foundation Public Schools, a charter school district in Los Angeles.

Moore holds the B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Merced, and an M.S. degree in School Psychology from National University. Her doctoral studies focused on how school psychologists can advocate for systemic change in schools to benefit black students.

She, herself, is a strong advocate for, and supporter of children who face underrepresentation and endure a multitude of challenges within the public schools.

“I explicitly advocate for children with disabilities and those of color, and I place a special emphasis on African American students,” said Moore.

Both Dr. Robinson and Dr. Moore reside in Hawthorne.