Dr. Dione Simon Taylor, Principal
Dione Simon Taylor is a native of Monroe, Louisiana. She is sincerely grateful for the love and support she’s received throughout the years from her parents and her brother. While she enjoys teaching, planning, executing, and leading, she treasures the moments of quality time she spends with her family and dear friends.
Dr. Taylor’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education and a Masters of Science in Mathematics from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She also received her Education Specialist Degree (Instructional Media and Technology), Educational Leadership Certification, and doctorate degree in School Improvement from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia. Dr. Taylor realized at an early age that she had a passion for serving others. While attending Southern University, she had the pleasure of interviewing with the Atlanta Public School System and immediately knew that teaching within this school district was a good fit.
In January 1999, Dr. Taylor began teaching at Benjamin E. Mays High School. As a teacher who easily demonstrated her love and care for her children’s well-being, she directly impacted them by modeling leadership and being committed to excellence. During her early career at Mays High School, she served as Freshman Academy Coordinator, Small Learning Community Coordinator, Student Support Team Chairperson, and as the AVID Coordinator. From curriculum and scheduling to discipline and transportation, Dr. Taylor was engaged in the total school program. Over time, she was recognized as an exemplar teacher leader and was promoted to the assistant principal position at Mays High School in 2006. After five years as an assistant principal, Dr. Taylor was selected to serve as the principal at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy Middle. During her tenure at CSK, she led and supported her team to earn several awards, developed positive business and community partnerships, and created several positive life-altering experiences for her girls, including a visit to the White House. Dr. Taylor’s drive to build leadership capacity within others gives her a special skill set of a difference maker and an inspirational motivator.
In July, 2015, Dr. Taylor was selected to serve as the school principal at Towns Elementary School, where she worked diligently for four years. Because of Dr. Taylor's hardwork, she was named the Atlanta Public Schools Principal of the Year in 2017! In 2018, Dr. Taylor was named as principal of the new Douglass Cluster elementary school, Harper-Archer Elementary School (HAES). She looks forward to leading HAES, which opens in August, 2019.
Dr. Taylor’s favorite quote comes from Mario Andretti: "Desire is the key to motivation, but it is determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."