STEWARD — After more than three decades in public education, Steward's Superintendent Lowell Taylor is planning a transition to "the next phase of service and teaching."
Taylor resigned from Steward School District, effective the end of this school year, to focus more time on family and actively manage farms. He's still looking for continued ways to give back to the school community, though, and anticipates new opportunities in mentoring educators and professional consulting.
Taylor led the Steward district for more than eight years, during which the school benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars in increased state and federal grant revenues, paid off all outstanding debts, routinely lowered the local tax rates, increased professional opportunities for staff, made dozens of long-lasting improvements to the campus and facility and vastly increased the learning opportunities for students. Improved classroom environments highlighted his service in the school district. He also volunteers in schools abroad and supports schools in several Third World countries.
"As a superintendent, his approach to bettering learning environments is centered on collaboration, stakeholder involvement, transparent governance, and constant attention to continuous improvement," shared Regional Superintendent of Schools, Bob Sondergroth. "He's been a mentor to countless teachers and school administrators, showing that at heart he is still an educator," characterized Sondergroth. Taylor also served as a professor, university trustee, instructor for multiple government agencies, nationally active flight instructor and commercial pilot, long-term chairman of the regional special education cooperative and chairman of several statewide administrative organizations. He remains active in the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Engineers Foundation, the Foundation for the Arts and several philanthropic/scholarship foundations.
"It's been a pleasure to see so many quality people through my career," said Taylor of his time in education, "and fulfilling to have shared in bettering the opportunities for learning for so many children as they grew into responsible adults."