Margaret Taylor-Allen knew at a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. Even before she received her first degree from Auburn University Montgomery in elementary education, she was a paraprofessional with Montgomery Association for Retarded Citizens. In 1976, her first year as a classroom teacher, she was recognized as her school’s teacher of the year. She went on to be recognized with similar teaching awards at least four more times during her 20-year teaching career. She transitioned into an administrative/leadership role and was subsequently named principal of the year in 2002 by the Alabama PTA.
An advocate of lifelong learning, she holds two master of arts degrees in early childhood education, one with an emphasis on students with disabilities, both from Auburn University Montgomery. She has certification in educational administration from Alabama State University and completed additional studies with cohorts from Princeton University and the National Staff Development Council. She has participated in numerous significant professional learning experiences from various schools and organizations.
As a central office administrator Superintendent Allen restructured and expanded the Professional Services Center. She facilitated the design of the district’s Leadership Academy to nurture “home grown” administrators. She successfully guided the system through the process of achieving its first ever district-wide accreditation through AdvancED in 2013, and initiated efforts to create the new 2014 strategic plan.
During her 38 years as an educator in Montgomery County, Superintendent Allen continues to focus on children. Throughout her tenure— from paraprofessional to her current position, she has sustained a heart for children. She believes ensuring student learning success is the essence of the collaborative work of all school and system staff.
Superintendent Allen is married with two adult children and three grandchildren. She is a member of a number of boards and professional organizations and a lifelong member of New Canaan Baptist Church.