Taylor Cole has recently been appointed as the new assistant principal of Dawson County Junior High School.
Cole, who started his new position on Monday, Feb. 22, said that so far the process of transitioning to his new position from teaching sixth grade at Dawson County Middle School has been a favorable one.
“So far it’s been a wonderful transition; everybody at the junior high has been very welcoming, from the staff to the students,” Cole said. “They’ve made it really, really easy for me, so it’s just a great transition.”
Cole taught agriculture in Forsyth County before switching to teaching sixth grade social studies and science at Dawson County Middle School, where he has been for the past three years. Because of his time at the middle school, Cole said he is coming into his new position already familiar with many of the junior high students.
“I have the benefit of knowing most of the students because I had them when they were in middle school, so I kind of moved up with them,” Cole said. “I have experience with a lot of these students that I’ve taught them or at least seen them in the hallways, so it’s nice to see all of the students again.”
Cole said he knew a few of the staff members of the junior high school, too, and said his time so far in his new position has been spent getting adjusted to his new job and getting to know more of the school staff.
Once he’s settled into his new role as the assistant principal, Cole said his goal will be to support and further the junior high school in any way possible.
“I want to support the school improvement plan and help promote a positive culture and climate here at the junior high, and I want to work on supporting the district goals of graduation for all and supporting the students to be successful citizens,” Cole said. “And I think that’s going to be done by building relationships with the students so that we can see those personal and academic successes for all students.”
Cole, who is a University of Georgia alumnus, was born and raised in North Forsyth County, just over the county line from Dawson. According to Cole, the ability to teach in the community he grew up in is very helpful because he’s already familiar with many of the students and their parents outside of the school building.
“I know a lot of the families of our students here just from our community, so not from a school perspective, so it’s really neat to be able to work in the community that I grew up in,” Cole said. “I’m excited to be here and to continue to work with the students here in Dawson County and get to know the teachers too.”