1829 N. Cambridge
Orange, CA 92865
Principal: Connie Smith
Grades: K-6, OC-PT Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten
School Colors: Red and White
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!