Another crucial aspect, Taber said, is collaboration.
“The first principal I worked for was very collaborative, and that practice is all I’ve known. She was the first to encourage me to pursue administration.”
Looking ahead, Taber said her decision to retire this year was based on a desire for more flexible schedules and time to spend with family. She said she will continue part-time work in local education.
“My second year as a principal, the NPS administrators told me, ‘We don’t intend to keep you here forever,’ and I said, ‘Don’t move me yet; there’s more to be done.’ I’m grateful they let me stay so long,” Taber said.