Granada Profile: Ms. Taggart

Valeria Estrada, Reporter

Robin Taggart also known as Ms. Taggart has been teaching here at Granada for five years. Most of the students know her as their English teacher, teaching freshmen and seniors. Ms. Taggart grew up in San Bernardino and Newport, California.

She didn’t always know that she wanted to become a teacher.

“When I was 22 years old in college I was in a business major and my roommate was in education. The problem was that I was more concentrated on what my roommate was studying rather than what I was studying, but I really connected with teaching when I started to teach Sesame Street to little kids. I worked in a daycare where I had six little kids and with sesame street, I would teach them the numbers, and letters. That was when I knew I wanted to be a teacher,” stated Taggart.

The road to becoming a teacher can sometimes be hard and it may take a while before you get a full-time teaching job.

“For me, it all started 30 years ago with sesame street in college, then I went to get a bachelor’s degree and emergency credential and taught Regional Occupational Program(ROP) marketing, business, Deca, psychology of the child at ROP level. After that I decided I wanted to do something more mainstream like teach English, so then I went back to school to get a master’s and credential and graduated in 2009. I became a substitute teacher for 5 years as at that time I was still raising my children and there weren’t many teacher positions open. After that I got a job and taught 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade English language arts, and then I got my job here at Granada.” said Taggart

Every month here at Granada students and teachers are recognized for their efforts and dedication to the school. This month Ms. Taggart was teacher of the month. This happened during her second period with her teaching the senior class.

“I was not expecting this. Tt was a huge surprise that left me in shock, and this inspired me to level up to keep on growing and learning. I teach English middle year IB program for freshmen (MYP) English, and I want to embrace the MYP global thought process and pass it on to the students.”

As many students know, Ms. Taggart is a fun and wonderful teacher that makes the class interesting. Ms. Taggart loves her job, but she mostly loves the students.  In her free time, she loves to do outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, or just going for a bike ride.