Meet Dr. Jean Taylor, the New Mountain View Elementary Principal

Meet Dr. Jean Taylor, the New Mountain View Elementary Principal
Posted on 12/30/2022
Who or what inspired you to enter the field of education?
My grandmother and father inspired me to become an educator. My grandmother was a teacher for almost 50 years and my father was a university professor. I learned at a young age how magical the world of education could be, how critical it was to give back to others, and that relationships were everything. 
 
Did you follow a traditional or unconventional path to become a principal?
I never thought of being a principal, until a previous mentor and boss gave me opportunities in leadership. I loved being a classroom teacher with the daily interactions I had with my students and I felt fulfilled. It wasn’t until I experienced a new passion, as I worked side-by-side coaching other teachers, that I realized my impact could look different. Teaching is a hard job, but one of the best professions in the world. We know that the direct link to student success is teacher success. Through this leadership position, I’m enabled to find ways to bolster the success of both.
 
If you could write a book about your career path, what would you title it and why?
Ripple Effect. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to be in education for three decades now. During this time, I have held various roles including classroom teacher, instructional coach, and GT facilitator, all while raising four amazing children, and the learning has never stopped. When I look back at my career, I know that I have been presented with a gift to last a lifetime and have been touched by so many lives. I think of a stone dropping in the middle of a pond, and watching the ripple effect. When I think of my career, I like to think that I have had a positive influence on the lives of so many.

What is a work-related accomplishment that you are the most proud of?
I am proud that, together with Northeast Elementary, we are working to foster a professional learning community across our two schools. Vertical alignment has been a dream of mine for years. We are aligning our goals and this is exciting work. Our staff is getting to know each other and building relationships. These collaborative conversations and data dialogue will positively impact student achievement, and I can’t wait to see where this will lead.
 
How do you relax and regroup after a stressful day?
After I touch base with my husband and children, I head out to my horse. I’ve found that time with her lets me unwind and is settling. No matter how busy my day has been, I can relax just by connecting with her.  

What do you like most about working in public education?
As public educators, we have the beautiful opportunity to provide universal access to education, help students fulfill their potential, and prepare for the future. You never know what each year will bring, but one can count on the excitement of learning. Being a public educator is an honor and a huge responsibility.

What is your favorite way to show staff appreciation?
I believe that I show my staff appreciation best by being present through listening, problem-solving, and innovating with them. It is important for me that my staff know that they are cared for and that we are stronger together.

What is your favorite way to energize yourself at work?
Whenever I feel that I need a quick pick-me-up, I head straight into the classroom, the playground, or the lunchroom. In no time, the students engage me in conversation, laughter, and learning. 

What do you like to do outside of work?
When I’m not working, you can find me outdoors walking, with my animals, trying new recipes, traveling, and spending time with my family. 
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