Superintendent

Scott TaylorScott Taylor, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

I am a father of two children and husband to a special educator. We've been living in Highland Park for over 21 years. My personal family means the world to me because it keeps me grounded and humble (raising children has been by far the most challenging "job" I have ever had). Visit the Taylor household and you will hear Broadway show music, jazz (my preference) and be visited by our King Charles Spaniel (Mayzie), Malti-Poo (Cody), two cats (Wally and Lucky), and hedgehog (Marius). We love the Jersey Shore (Cape May in particular), family movie nights, and taking long walks to the main street in our town.

There is a reason my wife and I decided to make roots in this town. We love our community. Highland Park is rich in diversity (diversity in just about every respect you can identify). It's a place where people care for their families and their local community and where these people want to make a difference in the lives of others around the state, our nation, and in some cases, on an international level. And so now Highland Park is my professional family.

My educational career began as I taught high school English at the High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. My first leadership position had me take the assistant principalship in the Manalapan-Englishtown Middle School. I moved to the other side of Manalapan to be principal of the Lafayette Mills School (Grades 4-6) but left to return to the district in which I started as I assumed the position of principal of the Academy of Allied Health and Science. The next step in my career path led me to Little Silver Public Schools where I held the position of supervisor of curriculum, instruction, and technology. I then moved to Kenilworth where I took the helm as assistant superintendent and superintendent. I landed in Highland Park in October 2015, and my mission here will be to assertively help all our community's children grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

To support these efforts, I have kept my own professional learning alive and well. I received my doctorate from Columbia University in 2008 and began teaching at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Education soon after. I now teach at both Rutgers and Montclair Universities and am a co-creator and facilitator for the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools (click). I currently serve on several executive boards, including those of the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the New Jersey School Development Council. My work at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick as a member of the group's Educational Advisory Panel helps me stay current in the performing arts. I share my professional ideas as a featured blogger for the George Lucas Educational Foundation (click) and Education World.

When I am not playing with the kids or finding some quiet time to sit on the porch with my wife Caren and a good cup of coffee (I prefer Starbucks), I enjoy reading presidential biographies and am a competitive age-group triathlete. Summer is a great time for endurance races, and I compete in as many triathlons as I can. I have raced in five Ironman 70.3 races (Miami 70.3, Eagleman 70.3 twice, Princeton 70.3, and Timberman 70.3). I'll be competing in my first full Ironman (Ironman Mont Tremblant) in 2017. I ran the New York City Marathon on November 6, 2016, November 1, 2015, and November 2, 2014. I am honored to have been awarded Ironman Triathlon All World Athlete status for having placed in the top 10% of my age group in 2015 and 2017.

You can learn more about me at taylorleadership.net, by exploring my professional vision via my blog at successfulschools.blogspot.com (click), and my downloading my resume (click).

732-572-2400 • taylor@hpschools.net