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Grace Taylor

Executive Principal, Region 3
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Take care of yourself. Take care of others. Take care of this place. - Margaret Wheatley

Grace Taylor joined Fairfax County Public Schools in 2013 as the Cluster 5 director and later was selected as the executive principal for Region 3. As executive principal, she supports 45 schools by providing principals with support, guidance, and coaching. Taylor works very closely with assistant principals in the region by facilitating professional development throughout the school year.

Taylor began her teaching career as a social studies teacher and later served as an assistant principal at Lithonia High School in DeKalb County, Ga. In 2000, she was named principal at Cross Keys High School, also located in DeKalb County. She moved to Boulder, Col., with her family and served as principal of Centaurus High School. Later, she returned home to Alexandria, and served as principal at all three levels: George Washington Middle School, Minnie Howard School, and John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria City Public Schools. While principal of Minnie Howard, she received the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award by the Washington Post in 2008.

Taylor earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Emory University in Atlanta. She earned her master of education and specialist in education degrees in educational leadership from Georgia State University and her doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech. She is a Fairfax County resident and parent of two students who attend FCPS.