August 5, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
My name is Vanessa Girard and I am honored to be chosen to be the new principal of Taylor Street
Elementary. I feel privileged to join the school community, to work alongside the school staff and
parents, and to lead, to make our school the best it can be.
I came to Taylor Street Elementary from Sacramento City Unified, where I was the director of instruction
for students who are English learners. I’ve been a district administrator for 14 years, and I was a
teacher for 12 years. I have a 16 year old daughter, Iyana, who will be a junior in high school. I have
loved being an educator for more than 25 years and I am thrilled to be at Taylor Street!
Working together—parents, teachers, school staff and students— is the most effective way to ensure
that our students receive a great academic education. As we love and work with our children, each
adult shares something unique that helps them become educated, compassionate and productive
citizens. It takes all of us.
This is even more true now, with distance learning. We are disappointed that we must begin the school
year with distance learning. We wanted to be with our students, in person. But we can come together
at the Taylor Street building only when the county health department believes it is safe. In the
meantime, we will come together as the Taylor Street community! We will work hand-in-hand with you
to bring your children the great education they deserve, despite the pandemic. As the principal, my
focus is instruction, and ensuring that every student has what they need to learn. I will support our
teachers and families to bring the best education possible to our students in the 2020-21 school year.
I look forward to meeting you in person when it is safe. A little later in August, we’ll have Zoom
meetings for groups of parents. If you would like to connect with me sooner, please call or send me an
email. I can’t wait to meet you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number for
calls or texts is 916-501-9478.
I will continue to communicate as we learn more about beginning the school year with distance learning.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, or if you’d just like to talk.
Vanessa Girard, Principal
Taylor Street Elementary