Thu, Jan. 23

Camp Verde Middle School gets new principal<br>

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

Meet Mike Taylor, Camp Verde's new middle school principal, at a Back-to-School Night, Sept. 5, 6-8 p.m., at the middle school.

He said the decision to move to Camp Verde from Yuma was easy when he discovered that the administrators, the governing board and he all had the same goal; that they were equally "interested in making a difference in improving kids' lives."

He believes, he said, that it is advantageous to live in a small community like Camp Verde because educators can provide clear values supportive of children's future lives adding, "One role I can play is to be a positive role model for kids and staff."

Taylor was an assistant middle school principal for four years in Winter Haven near Yuma and one year in Pine Valley, Calif. He said he and his family were about to move permanently to California when he discovered the job opening in Camp Verde over the Internet. He said that his entire family was enthused about staying in Arizona and the decision to relocate to the Verde Valley.

Taylor replaces Eddie Mosier, who retired in the spring. Counselor Henry Mellon acted as interim principal.

A notice to parents and staff was released Friday following the school board's decision. The announcement stated that Taylor "brings a sense of commitment for success for both students and staff at his school. His excitement and enthusiasm to work with students, staff and parents is contagious to all."

Taylor's credentials include a bachelor's degree in earth science/geology and a master's degree in education leadership. He confirmed that he is certified as a principal in both Arizona and California.

Taylor said wife Rebecca is a teacher. She is currently a director of a fine arts program for a community theater in Yuma. They have two children, a daughter, 15, and a son, 11.

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