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Dana Taylor appointed innovation instigator/supervisor of special programs

newly created position meets need in district

September 4, 2015Dana Taylor photo

The Monticello Central School District Board of Education recently approved the appointment of Dana Taylor as innovation instigator/supervisor of special programs. Ms. Taylor is taking on this role after having served as a speech therapist for the district for more than 20 years.

What's an innovation instigator? Innovation instigator/supervisor of special programs is the vision of Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus, who recognized the need for this type of position in Monticello.

“As I enter my second year as superintendent, I have been better able to identify areas where we can best meet the needs of our school community,” Mangus said. “Dana is perfect for this position, which requires compassion, energy and creativity. Her longevity and familiarity with the district are invaluable. I am so pleased to welcome Dana in this newly-created role.”

As innovation instigator/supervisor of special programs, Ms. Taylor is responsible for the social/emotional wellness programs at the elementary level, including oversight of three teachers on special assignment, who have been charged with creating and implementing social and emotional wellness lessons in the classrooms.

Ms. Taylor is also overseeing the district wide Model Schools initiative and the district’s Response to Intervention plan, as well as supporting the Achieving Success through Preparation, Inspiration, Readiness & Enthusiasm (ASPIRE) program at the high school. Additional responsibilities include oversight of the Supportive Learning Environment (SLE) at KLR Elementary School, and assisting with the careers pathway program at the high school.

“I am very excited to serve the district in this new position at this level. I look forward to ‘working my magic’ in all of our buildings and to making a difference in the lives of our families,” Taylor said.

Ms. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY; a master’s degree in special education from SUNY/New Paltz, New Paltz, NY; and anticipates she will receive a master’s degree in educational leadership in spring 2016 from Long Island University. She also is certified in district leadership and as a teacher of speech and hearing handicapped.
Ms. Taylor is a 38 year resident of Sullivan County and resides here with her husband and two children, who currently attend Monticello High School. She is a proud graduate of Monti High!