Madison Metropolitan School District announced Wednesday that Carolyn Stanford Taylor is the newest member of its district leadership team and will serve as MMSD’s Interim Assistant Superintendent for Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Stanford Taylor was appointed as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction by her predecessor, current Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, in January of 2019 after Evers was elected as the 46th Governor of the State of Wisconsin. She decided not to run for reelection this year.
Stanford Taylor’s work with MMSD will focus on developing targeted strategies aimed to disrupt societal and historical inequities, according to a press release from MMSD, and creating learning environments unimpeded by bias or discrimination, where individuals of all backgrounds and experiences are welcomed, included, encouraged, and can succeed and flourish.
“I spent the first 21 years of my career working in MMSD, and I have great love for the district and community,” said Stanford Taylor in a statement. “Although there are many challenges we face as a school community, Superintendent Jenkins and the MMSD leadership team have put the district on an exciting course of change. I am very excited to be a part of this new MMSD story, to engage with families and community, and contribute to making MMSD a national model for engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Stanford Taylor’s career in education spans 42 years, 21 of which she spent at MMSD serving as a teacher, principal, and district administrator. She joined DPI in 2001, and spent the last 21 years as Assistant Superintendent of the Division for Learning Support before her appointment as State Superintendent.