Taylor to become new director of teacher quality for DCSD
Meredith Taylor, principal of Hartsville Middle School, has been selected as the district’s Director of Teacher Quality, a newly created position designed to manage the district’s teacher evaluation system as well as track and expand student growth while working with overall teacher effectiveness, strategies for instructional delivery, and data analysis. Taylor will begin her new assignment July 1, 2015.
“Mrs. Taylor is a talented professional with expertise in monitoring student growth using the statistical tools the state has provided. In addition, her background as a math teacher will be an asset as we move to transform our math curriculum to one that is applicable and relevant to today’s world,” said Dr. Eddie Ingram, superintendent of the Darlington County School District. “We are delighted to have her on board here at the district office for this new undertaking. There is no bigger factor in student success than the quality of the classroom teacher. We want all our schools to have excellent teachers, and Mrs. Taylor, in her new position, will play a significant role in ensuring that happens.”
The school district’s new Director of Teacher Quality position will play a key role in positioning the district’s educational direction. Taylor’s duties will include data warehousing and analysis, teacher evaluation, organizing professional development throughout the district, facilitating rollout plans for all instructional aspects, and monitoring the daily delivery of instruction/curriculum.
Taylor, an experienced educator and administrator, began her teaching career at Winding Springs Elementary School in Charlotte. She later came to Darlington County as a classroom teacher at West Hartsville Elementary School. In 2005, Taylor moved to Hartsville Middle School to serve as a guidance counselor and was promoted to assistant principal for her outstanding leadership skills. Three years later she became principal of Brunson-Dargan Elementary School. In 2009 she became principal of Hartsville Middle School. Under her leadership, the school received several significant grants, implemented a successful single-gender program, strengthened the school’s parent-teacher organization (PTO), and continued the school’s progress toward excellence.
Taylor earned a bachelor of arts in elementary education from Johnson C. Smith University where she graduated magna cum laude. She earned her master’s degree in counselor education from South Carolina State University and her education specialist degree in educational leadership and administration from South Carolina State University. She is a member of the South Carolina Education Association, the National Education Association, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.