FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. — A Senior Instructor for the Information Collection Planner Course (ICPC) was selected as the 2022 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Instructor of the Year.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Trenton D. Taylor, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE) instructor, was previously nominated as the USAICoE Instructor of the Year.
Scott Bosse, Functional Training Branch deputy for Delta Co. 304th Military Intelligence Battalion said he nominated Taylor for USAICoE Instructor of the Year due to his effortless ability to “engage, present, prepare, and instruct on the platform”.
“CW3 Taylor not only captures the attention of the students but motivates them to both learn and participate in their training and education, and also motivates them to grow as Leaders and Soldiers through his example,” Bosse said.
Bosse worked with Taylor for 18 months before Taylor moved to the Directorate of Training, and said Taylor always treated his students with care and respect.
There were several times that units from U.S. Army Forces Command needed ICPC training prior to deployment.
“CW3 Taylor found creative ways to get those Soldiers prepared for their collection management duties,” he said.
Going above and beyond, Taylor frequently arrived early to help students during study halls. He also mentored students during his lunch hour and stayed late for those students who needed extra help.
Taylor said he also does his best to stay in touch with students who completed his course but still have questions.
“My biggest thing is always bring your best, go above and beyond when teaching,” Taylor said. “A lot of things I taught were not in the [program of instruction], but I recognized a need and addressed it as much and as best as I could.”
Dr. Rose Phillips, CFD-DC and ARCS course manager, nominated Taylor for the TRADOC Instructor of the Year for many reasons, she said but mainly because the video she reviewed of Taylor demonstrated his “passion for teaching and his dedication to his students.”
“His humility as he presented, showed the students that it’s okay to make mistakes, but to learn from them and get better, do better, be better,” she said.
Phillips said that while she has only recently started working with Taylor, he has showed more dedication and motivation towards instructing than she has seen in her decade of working with USAICoE.
Taylor started teaching students, usually sergeant through major, as well as warrant officers, in the summer of 2020 and said it is a privilege to be an instructor at USAICoE.
“Each class I had the thought that my class could be the last chance for a Soldier to be trained, ask questions, or float ideas prior to a deployment or major exercise,” he said. “I always felt like I owed it to the entire force to provide great training so we can provide great results to the country during our next fight.”