Throughout the year, we’ll be introducing some of the great teachers, administrators, staff members, students and volunteers in our district. Today, let’s get to know … TAYLOR MACKELL, Intervention Specialist at Watts Middle School!
Tell us about your job.
I am an Intervention Specialist in the Watts Resource Program. I work with sixth, seventh and eighth graders who are taught a modified curriculum in the resource room setting. I work with three other wonderful teachers and a great team of paraprofessionals to help provide for the needs of our students. I teach reading, writing, math, word study and eighth grade social studies.
What are some of your goals this year?
A goal I have for myself each year is to help my students reach their full potential. A great aspect to being a middle school teacher is being able to watch the students change and grow during a very formative time of their lives. It's exciting to help them along the way! At the end of each day I try to ask myself two questions: "Did I help my students feel valued and important and did they learn something new today?" If I can answer yes to those two questions, then I know I am reaching my goal to help my students become the best versions of themselves.
Tell us about your family.
My husband, Stephen, and I live in Dayton. We have a 21 month old daughter, Rosemary, and another daughter on the way at the end of April. The majority of my family lives in the Dayton area. My dad and one of my sisters work in education, so it's fun to share all of our stories and learn from each other.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Vandalia, Ohio. I attended Chaminade Julienne in downtown Dayton for high school, then attended UD for college.
Tell us something interesting about yourself.
An interesting fact about me is that I ran cross country and track for UD, which is how I met my husband since he was a member of the men's cross country and track team.
What is your favorite book, movie, TV show or hobby?
I love to read Mitch Albom's books as well as the Harry Potter series. My favorite TV show is HGTV's “Fixer Upper.” A few activities I enjoy are being outside, cooking and spending quality time with my family.
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in education?
I honestly don't know what I would be doing if I weren't in education. I grew up in a family with parents who worked in an education setting, my dad as a principal and my mom as a school nurse, so I've always visualized myself doing something similar.
What is the best part about working for Centerville Schools?
The best part about working for Centerville Schools is the supportive and caring staff. Being a teacher at Watts is truly like being a member of a family. It's a blessing to work with an amazing staff that inspires me and motivates me to become a better educator each day.