A message from your Principal

Susette Taylor, Principal

Dr. Susette Taylor, Principal

Welcome to the Irving Middle School website! I would like to introduce myself as the new principal of Irving Middle School.  My name is Susette Taylor.  I have my Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction.  I have most recently been an associate principal at Lincoln Southwest High School for the past 7 years.  I was honored to accept the opportunity to serve this community.  Prior to Southwest, my experiences in middle schools were as an associate principal for 9 years and a teacher and program facilitator for 7 years.  Eight of those years as an associate principal and three years as a science teacher were all at Irving.  So for me, it’s like coming home.  I’m proud to be only the 5th principal that Irving has had in its 86 year history as a junior high and middle school, as well as the first woman principal.

The Irving staff (teachers, counselors, paraeducators, interpreters, administrators, mentors, custodians, kitchen staff and volunteers) do extraordinary work each and every day. We work as “teams” paying close attention to over 800 students in grades 6, 7, and 8.  We offer a full continuum of curriculum to meet the needs of general education students, special needs students, gifted and highly gifted students. Our counselors stay with their class of students for those students’ entire time here at Irving. We believe this builds a strong home-school relationship with parents and students and families.

I am very excited to begin the school year with the incredible staff at Irving.  They bring many skills and talents to our school to serve our students.  Collectively, they provide a continuum of strategies, best practices, and efforts to make our school an incredible place that supports the learning of all of our students.

This year we will continue to focus on the strong Irving traditions led by Irving’s former principals.  We will also strive to move ahead with developing technology and continued, thoughtful use of our resources.  These efforts will include a concentrated focus on the academic, social, and cultural development of each and every student.  The priority at Irving will always be student learning through excellent classroom instruction.  We will continue to operate with the current mission statement developed by Irving Staff:

Our Mission:  At Irving Middle School we are committed to personal responsibility, ethical behaviors, cultural awareness, life-long learning and academic excellence.

It will be very important for us to communicate with our families throughout the school year. Our staff work collaboratively to ensure that we are doing our best work in service to our children.  Please join us in this effort.  We encourage you to contact us with your input, ideas, and concerns so we can most effectively meet the needs of all our students.  I look forward to meeting each of our students and their families.

Sincerely,

Susette Taylor, Ph.D.