Lillie Taylor was a beloved teacher at Lakeview High School, and when she retired in 1969, many of her students and former students were there to say goodbye. She taught there for 28 years.
Taylor came to Winter Garden in January 1941 to teach home economics and English under the administration of Mrs. J.S. Kirton. A few years later, a biology teacher was needed, and as it was in the war years, replacement was difficult. So she offered to teach the biology classes because she was certified.
That began her love of biology, and she eventually asked to be relieved of her other classes.
In her tenure at Lakeview, she became most loved and respected by all her students. Her interest was genuine, and they knew it. It was said that she had the most interesting room in all of Orange County, filled with stuffed animals, live animals, specimens, shell collections, plants and other objects pertaining to natural sciences.
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