C.J. Morris 3rd Graders Go One-On-One With WVUSD Schools Chief

By Kelli Gile

WALNUTSuperintendent Dr. Robert Taylor fielded questions from elementary students during an official town hall meeting on Tuesday.

About 100 inquisitive C.J. Morris assembled third graders were eager to learn about the role of the Walnut Valley USD leader.

The IB-PYP students have been studying about government and how it affects lives at the national, state, city, or school level, teacher Dave Boots said.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about how government works at the school level,” added IB coordinator Kelly Howard.

The children came prepared with questions about family, hometown, background in education, and role as superintendent, working with community and government, and more.

About 15 students took turns at the microphone and waited for the thoughtful responses during the hour-long event.

Dr. Taylor shared that his job is supporting all 15 schools in the District and then went on to describe the structure of the District.

“We have a School Board, Superintendent, which is me, District office with lots of people that support our schools, and our school sites with principals, teachers, and support staff.”

“We all work together for our students!” he added.

The assembled group wanted to know the best thing about being the superintendent.

“In the five years that I’ve been here in Walnut Valley, my favorite thing has been going out and visiting schools,” he said.

“Because I’m in education, I spend every day working with people – with kids like you, teachers, and principals. I like to find out all your interesting stories!”

Dr. Taylor also told the students that there have been more changes in education during the past five years than in the last 30 or 40 years.

“It’s been an exciting time to be part of that change and to see how successful things have gone here.”

The group of students also wanted some expert advice as they begin thinking about middle school and future careers.

“You’ll be well prepared for middle school because you’re learning how to study, how to do your homework, and projects. I would be excited, it will be great!”

“My one piece of advice I like to give young people is to find something you enjoy doing. If you find that, you’ll be happy!”

Truth Stovall asked the final question during the session held in the multipurpose room.

“What is your favorite color and why?” he said.

“My favorite color is green and here’s why: I told you I like sports and football. Raise your hand if you think you know who my favorite team is,” Dr. Taylor said.

“Green Bay Packers!” the children eagerly called out.

“I liked that Dr. Taylor came to our school and shared that to be successful students we need to be kind and have fun,” commented third grader Mia Veneracion after the event.