Taylor Reece’s mentee is Meng Ka Lee, a senior at Humboldt Secondary School. Taylor started mentoring with Upward Bound in the summer of 2009, immediately after he graduated from college. He attended St. Olaf College, where he majored in Math and Computer Science. Taylor chose St. Olaf College because of its friendly atmosphere and strong math program. He is currently in the process of getting his 5-12 teaching license while student teaching at Central High School in St. Paul. It has been great having Taylor at Central because he has been able to use his math expertise to help tutor our Upward Bound students on Thursdays.Taylor was born in Los Angeles, and his family moved around the country before coming to Minnesota when Taylor was an eight-year-old. Taylor spent his formative years in Northfield with his parents and younger sister, Hannah. His mom is the music minister at his church and he wishes that he had inherited her music skills. His dad is a professor of Greek and Latin at St. Olaf. Taylor’s sister is a sophomore at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Washington State. Like her brother, Hannah also wants
to work with adolescents but in the social work field.
When asked about the mentoring program, Taylor says that he loves receiving mentor letters reminding him of fun summer times. He has taught with UB the past two summers and intends to continue. He is excited for the next mentor event, which is at Goldy’s Game Room next month. We are really excited to see all the mentors and mentees there!In his spare time, Taylor enjoys technology, music, puzzles, soccer and cooking. While he has not had the chance to play soccer since UB, he still loves to play. Since he is living on his own this year, he has learned to be a great cook. He says that we are all in for a treat next summer at cultural night!