Taylor graduated from St. Clair County High School in Odenville in 1988. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and received degrees in history and secondary education. She then earned her master’s degree at the University of Alabama. She just completed her Educational Specialist degree at UAB.
Taylor is quick to point out that her father was the driving force that wanted her to step into the education field.
“He was an administrator and always encouraged me to be a teacher,” Taylor said. “I knew once I was a teacher that one day, I wanted to be an administrator.”
She taught 10th-grade world history and 12th-grade government and economics at Moody High School for seven years. She was also the varsity cheerleading sponsor. Her last year at MHS was spent as an assistant principal.
She then moved on to Moody Middle School for six years as assistant principal, and now she is principal of her own school.
“Wow! has been my response,” Taylor said. “It’s been fabulous, and everyone has been so gracious to me and kind and welcoming. The students, faculty and parents have all gone above and beyond. It has been great.”
Taylor takes over for Ronnie McFarling, who is the new director at Eden Career Tech Center.
“I had a short time to make the move and get acclimated before school actually started,” she said. “The teachers are so excited about the start of a new year. I’m back at my roots because I started out in secondary education and I am familiar with the curriculum. It’s just a matter of getting the routine down.”
MJHS is home to seventh- and eighth-grade students. Taylor did her student teaching in the building where she is now known as Principal Taylor.
“The teachers here work hard and they are open to new ideas,” Taylor said. “They are just awesome.”
Taylor said Superintendent Jenny Seals and the Board of Education have been very supportive.
“I have known Mrs. Seals my whole life,” Taylor said. “We grew up in church together at Bethel Baptist Church and she taught me how to swim. She was my swim teacher when I was 8 years old. She has been so kind and supportive and I am thankful she gave me the opportunity.”
Taylor and her husband Eric have been married 10 years. They have two children, Mia, 6, a first-grade student at Moody Elementary School, and Thomas, 5, who attends 4K at Bethel Day Care.
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