ER Taylor Elementary principal Virginia Dold looks back at 20-year career 

The principal of E.R. Taylor Elementary School in the Excelsior district finished up a two-decade career in the San Francisco Unified School District last week. She was a resource specialist at the school before spending 10 years as principal.

How do you feel about wrapping up your career? It’s very bittersweet. It’s the time in my life. I have five grandchildren that live in Seattle, I need to be able to go spend more time.

You spent most of your career at E.R. Taylor. Why did you stay there? It was from the very first moment, I knew I would stay. I taught at other schools, but this was different.

What is your fondest memory of E.R. Taylor? We were one of the first schools to get the Healthy Start grant. We were able to offer support services to kids and their families, from counseling to social services. It helped us look at the whole child to see-what’s happening in their lives and how school could be affected.

How has education changed over the years? When I started, every teacher did their own thing. But now we are looking at data differently. Now, we analyze and do testing throughout the year to see if kids are making progress.


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