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July 2016

Meet New Preschool Teacher, 'Miss Betty'!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 07/28/2016 - 21:57

Hello, my name is Betty Tanner and I have been teaching preschool in the district for the last eleven years. I previously worked at Taylor Elementary in 2010. While working at Taylor, I went back to school to get my elementary education degree. I graduated in May of 2010 from the University of Phoenix. After graduating, I continued my education and went to Utah State University to receive a special education license in early intervention to work with children ages birth to 5. I have been married for 27 years, my husband and I have 3 boys ages 22, 20 and 17. Our youngest graduated from high school this past May. I look forward to working with the children in preschool this year.

Meet New Title-One Coordinator, Mr. Richins

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 07/28/2016 - 11:47

Hello Taylor Tigers, my name is Ien Richins and I am so excited to be coming back to Taylor! I hope you have all enjoyed your summer vacation I know I have. As a family we have done some of my favorite activities this summer fishing, camping, and spending my evenings watching America's favorite past time. I really enjoy working with people and am very excited for the opportunity I will have getting to know all the students at Taylor Elementary.

Meet New 6th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Bufton!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:37

Raised in Santaquin, Doni Bufton has lived in Payson with her husband Alan Bufton for the 31 years raising a family of four children. They are actually grandparents of 2 darling baby boys in which she calls their pride and joy. Mrs. Bufton comes to Taylor with 10 years of experience in 6th-Grade instruction and is excited for the new challenges and friendships she expects to find at the historical Taylor Elementary. Mrs. Bufton originally began her career as a draftsman and then quit to raise her family. While doing so, she spent 21 years in the scouting program and grew to love children. That experience was what sparked the idea to return to college for the second time to earn a degree in education. Mrs. Bufton has expressed many times, "When I shut my classroom door and work with 6th- Grade students, I feel challenged and motivated to make a difference in the world, one individual student at a time. I love being a teacher."

Meet New Special Education Teacher, Mrs. Koyle!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 07/28/2016 - 10:33

Hi, my name is Erin Koyle and I am very excited to be a part of Taylor Tigers! I'm sure it will be a fun and crazy year!

I was raised in a small town in Washington state. We lived only 15 minutes from the Canadian border and 15 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. I am the oldest of six children; four younger brothers and one younger sister. One of my brothers still lives in Washington with his family. We love to drive up and visit as often as we can.

I moved to Spanish Fork, Utah (where I currently live) after meeting my husband. We have FIVE children; 19 years, 16 years, 10 years, 4 years and 2 years. PHEW!!! We have quite the range and keep ourselves busy with all of their activities. I recently graduated with my degree in Elementary Education from Western Governors University. You would think I would take a break, but no...I decided to add to our crazy lifestyle and return to school to earn a Masters in Special Education.

Although I am currently in my program for my Special Education degree, I have several years experience in all areas of this realm. After graduating high school I began working as a Paraeducator in the elementary school I attended. From there I increased my knowledge through additional positions. I have also had the privilege of coaching the high school cheer team (again, where I attended). I LOVED the various positions and had a hard time leaving my amazing students! I look forward to working with staff and students this year and beyond. I can already tell this is a great school to join!

Migrant Summer School Is All Smiles

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:39

Taylor's Migrant Summer School is wrapping up this week and they are all smiles! Students from around the district in K-6 have been attending school during June and July working on reading and math skills! These students have been working hard and are excited to show all they know when school officially starts in August! Congratulations to our summer school tigers for being so committed to learning and growing as students!

School Community Council Election

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Fri, 07/22/2016 - 10:30

If you're interested in being directly involved with our Taylor family, come to the office during registration on Aug. 2nd and pick up a form to run for School Community Council! The SCC consists of parents, employees and the principal and meets monthly for one hour. This is a great opportunity to serve as an advisory council to the school administration! We'll see you on August 2nd!

Meet Taylor's New School Nurse, Mrs. Gardner!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:31

My name is Kelsey Gardner and I am very excited to be working with everyone at Taylor Elementary! I have been a nurse for 3 years and have been working with kids the entire time. I am from Payson and have four kids at Taylor who are thrilled to have me at school with them. If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to let me know!

Meet Taylor's New Psychologist, Mr. Baird!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 10:28

My name is Nick Baird. I was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. My house was two blocks from the state capitol and my paper route was delivering papers to the governor and senators, which I met on various occasions. I am the youngest of five boys, no sisters.

Some things that I enjoy include being outdoors. I enjoy hiking with my family, going mountain biking, and visiting national parks. This past year we have gone to Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, Monterey Aquarium, and Disneyland. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I really enjoyed the book by John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley as well as Driving Mr. Albert.

I also enjoy trying new foods. My favorite food is Thai food; I really like the curries. I also recently have started liking Vietnamese food, especially pho and banh mi sandwiches. If you ever go to Salt Lake, try Oh Mai.

I have an Ed.S degree in school psychology from Utah State University. I enjoy helping kids reach their full potential. I have been a school psychologist for Nebo School District for 9 years.

Bus Drivers Wanted!!!

Submitted by courtney.corbin on Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:49

Nebo bus drivers and attendants wanted. The district provides needed training. Daily routes are open for the beginning of school. Starting pay for drivers is $15.23 and attendants $11.32. Please apply online at


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