October is National Principals Month and the Portland Public Schools is taking this opportunity to shine a spotlight on our principals, who are super. We celebrate and appreciate them not only this month but always! To showcase them, we have asked our principals and lead teachers to answer five questions about themselves and their leadership role. We also asked what superpower they'd like to have to aid in their jobs.
We're featuring each principal individually during this month. Read on to learn more about Super Principal Angie Taylor of Presumpscot Elementary School:
Presumpscot Elementary School
Principal Angie Taylor
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself:
After the Navy, I drove a car across the country from California and landed in Brunswick, Maine. For several years, I managed a hot dog stand in Brunswick and then I worked at LL Bean for 11 years. I used LL Bean's tuition reimbursement program to get a degree in history and was introduced to the University of Southern Maine’s Extended Teacher Education program. After completing that program, I became a teacher at Poland Regional High School and then was asked to become principal at Elm Street Elementary School. I left Elm Street for a new adventure at Baxter Academy. After 5 years there, I was looking for new challenges and the Presumpscot principalship in the Portland district was a great match!
2) What inspired you to become a principal?
I was inspired by other great leaders that I've worked with. It is a great opportunity to work as part of a community on things that matter for students.
3) What do you feel most passionate/excited about in your job?
I am excited that we could change the elementary experience for children and families.
4) What's the most challenging part of being a principal?
Making change is hard.
5) If you could choose to have a superpower to help you in your job, what would it be?
I think we have all the superpowers we need in our school community.