Taft Elementary

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Principal: Connie Smith

Enrollment: 570

Grades: K-6, OC-PT Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten

School Colors: Red and White

School Mission
Taft School staff is dedicated to fostering a safe, collaborative learning environment, setting high expectations for all students, and providing personalized instruction.  Our emphasis is on developing strong communication skills and sound decision making abilities.

Principal's Message

Although I am new to Taft, I have been in education for 33 years.  I have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands and a master’s degree from California State University Fullerton.  My experience includes classroom teacher, mentor teacher, IBM education consultant, site administrator and district curriculum coordinator.  This year I am joining the Taft team after serving as the principal at another Orange Unified School District school.  My professional associations and accomplishments include: former Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 17 Elementary Administrator Representative; Adjunct Professor at Concordia University; member of the Tustin Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors; and Orange Unified School District’s 2010-2011 Administrator of the Year.  I also share my administrative expertise by serving as an assessor for the Orange County Department of Education in their Developing the 21st Century Principal program.

I am really excited to be here and look forward to leading the professional learning community at Taft Elementary!

principal Connie Smith