By Jamal Thomas
Montgomery, AL- Goodwyn Middle School has embraced the school district’s slogan “MPS Moving Forward. With a new principal David Taylor, the school has a new vision for students, faculty, and the community.
“I am glad to be at Goodwyn” Taylor said while sharing that he has ten years of experience in education. “This is a school with promise and potential.”
Taylor started his teaching career in the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada as a Special Education teacher on the elementary and high school levels. He later had the opportunity to start a performing arts-based charter school in Allentown, Pennsylvania. There he learned the components of building a school such as establishing and developing curriculum, hiring staff, teacher supervision, transportation of students, and food service. “I learned a lot about how to run a school and an organization at the same time.”
Ultimately, Taylor’s vision is for Goodwyn to become an environment that prepare students for college- preparatory education. To accomplish this Taylor says that the school needs rigor in the classroom, discipline and structure, and student engagement. “Our students need to be safe so that they can learn and thrive.”
In the long-term, Taylor wants Goodwyn to evolve into a specialty school. He plans to offer honors courses, arts programs, and international baccalaureate programs. “Having a special focus will be a framework for how we teach and introduce learning.”
There are many ways that the community can support Goodwyn. Taylor says that there are opportunities to volunteer and mentor students.
A native of Tuscaloosa, Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Alabama. He also holds an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum & Education from the University of West Florida.