PLANTATION KEY -- Lisa Taylor, an assistant principal at Coral Shores High School for the past three years, will take over the top job at Plantation Key School next month.
"She knows the communities serviced by Plantation Key School and I believe she will be successful in communicating with students, parents and the community at large," Monroe County School District Mark Porter said of his selection.
He selected Taylor from among 18 applicants for the position, which became vacant in June with the retirement of seven-year PKS principal Vanessa Strickland. Porter made the announcement on July 16.
Taylor was on vacation last week and repeated efforts to reach her for comment were unsuccessful. In a prepared statement, released by the school district, she called her promotion to PKS principal "an honor."
"We will create an innovative learning environment through collaboration and focused purpose and celebrate our success," she said.
Taylor taught third grade at Key Largo School from 1993 until 2008. She then spent two years as a KLS fifth grade teacher before making the shift into administration at Coral Shores in 2010.
A resident of Plantation Key, Taylor holds master's degrees in reading instruction and educational leadership.
Porter said Taylor's training as a reading teacher is one of the main reasons he selected her.
"Teaching reading is a very specific kind of skill," he said. "She has expertise in that area that we think will be very valuable in a K-8 environment."
He added he is impressed with the leadership skills Taylor displayed as an assistant principal and he values her many years of experience teaching in the Keys.
Porter chose Taylor over two other finalists, Scott Flowers, an education consultant and former principal from South Carolina, and longtime PKS teacher Kristy Bedell, who is also a former PKS assistant principal.