BIOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER A. SMITH, ED.S.Christopher A. Smith, 57, was appointed Superintendent of Taylor Community Schools in Kokomo, Indiana November of 2013 and his official start was January 1, 2014.
Mr. Smith is revealing and initiating Professional Learning Communities and interventions to support all types’ of student learners, and establishing collaborative teacher teams (Professional Learning Communities) to support success for Climate and Culture and to improve instruction and assessment district wide. Mr. Smith’s number one goal and focus has been student learning and achievement, student and staff safety, and developing a proficient budget for the district.
Under Mr. Smith’s leadership the elementary, middle school, and high school will strive to meet mandates and testing such as: ESSA, NWEA, ISTEP, ECA, SAT, and ACT scores, and will display improvements at all levels.
Mr. Smith is a member of the Indiana Association of School Superintendents Association, Kokomo Area Special Education Coop, Kokomo Area Career Center Vocation School, Partners in Education Committee, Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), and Wabash Valley Educational Center Superintendents, Howard County Local Coordinator (LCC), North Central Indiana School Study Council, Indiana Small Rural Schools, Indiana School Board Association, Indiana Association of Business Officials, Ivy Tech Advisory Board, United Way of Howard County Board. He also have become a School Improvement Specialist trained by the Indiana Department of Education in 2018.
Mr. Smith was also nominated as Superintendent of the Year in 2012 by other superintendent’s in Indiana.
Mr. Smith was the superintendent at South Central Community Schools, Union Mills, Indiana, where he finished seven year as the superintendent. Previously, he was the principal for five years and assistant principal for two years at Lakeland Middle School in LaGrange, Indiana. Mr. Smith taught Physical Education at all levels between kindergarten through twelfth grade and Health Education sixth through eighth grades at M.S.D. of Steuben County in Angola, Indiana, student taught at Muncie North in Muncie, Indiana, and coached at Yorktown High School, in Yorktown, Indiana. Mr. Smith coached: Tennis, football, cross-
country, basketball, wrestling, track, and directed a successful Tennis Camp for fourteen years.
Mr. Smith ‘s educational background includes an Educational Specialist degree from Indiana State University with concentration in Leadership in School Business Affairs, Master of Science in Secondary Administration from Indiana State University, Masters of Science degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. He is licensed in superintendence, secondary administration and supervision, and has a life license in teaching content areas of Physical Education and Health.
Mr. Smith will be completing his (34 th ) years in public education (K-12). His strengths include, but are not limited to: Leadership, instructional leadership, finance, organizational leadership, (27M) in building projects, technology as a learning
tool, decision making skills, and experiences as a leader in many phases of education, and willingness to implement and adjust to educational changes that are deemed to benefit student learning and achievement. He is enthusiastic, and able to dedicate his energies and time to being a positive and proficient superintendent for his community.
Mr. Smith has been married for (25) years and has two children. His daughter is (22) and his son is (18). Family is and always will come first in his life. He wants his legacy to be known as a loving, caring, and great husband and father.
Mr. Smith is a working superintendent of schools who sincerely likes to work with others to develop good programs for students, who is able to meet the unique needs of the diverse populations, who has successfully met the challenge of today’s educational challenges, and who would like to increase staff morale and professionalism at Taylor Community Schools.
Christopher Smith’s Personal Mission Statement:
My mission in life is to create and dedicate to setting high goals, to lead my family, students, staff, parents, and community to believe in themselves, and always aim high! This starts with attitude! To love my family with many indulgences, aware that they are all my only treasures. I believe you must Trust and do what is right and be honest every day. I will be committed to do my best every day, and to treat people the way I want to be treated, “The Golden Rule.” In the end, I truly believe that when you set high goals and work hard, good things happen.
BIOGRAPHY Tina BonifantTina brings over 20 years of school business experience to Taylor.
She has spent many years collaborating with the Howard County schools and working closely with the school business personnel.
Tina and her husband, Ted, have 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren. She has many connections within the Taylor School system such as a daughter who teaches at the high school, a daughter who graduated from the high school and a grandchild and nieces and a nephew who all attend this great school corporation.Tina looks forward to serving the Taylor community for years to come.
Tina Bonifant's Personal Mission Statement:
My mission in life centers around family and creating a supportive environment of honesty and integrity with those around me. These traits don't always present themselves easily, but I believe this to be of utmost importance at all levels, from that of immediate family to extended community. My goal in the office is to create a welcoming environment so business at hand can be discussed, planned and achieved.
BIOGRAPHY ERIC A. HARTMAN, M.ED.Eric A. Hartman, 52, has been Principal of Taylor High School since being appointed to the post in May of 2007 having previously served as Assistant Principal beginning in the fall of 2004.
Mr. Hartman is a member of The Indiana Association of School Principals as well as the Indiana High School Athletic Association and currently serves as a member of The Mayor’s Council on Substance Abuse as well as the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative. Mr. Hartman is also proud to serve on the Titans of Taylor selection committee that honors Taylor High School graduates for their service to the community.
Mr. Hartman has spent his entire professional career in public education serving the Taylor Community School Corporation beginning in August of 1992. Mr. Hartman served as a Highly Qualified teacher of Economics, United States History and Sociology for twelve years prior to being promoted into a leadership position for the school district. Mr. Hartman has also spent time coaching countless student-athletes serving as a middle school and varsity assistant football coach from 1992 through 1998 and was the head softball coach from 1996 through 2002 compiling a school coaching record 93 wins during that span which included back to back twenty win seasons in 1998 and 1999. In May of 2000, Mr. Hartman was selected by his coaching peers as the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association District #2 Class “A” Coach of the Year.
Mr. Hartman’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree from Indiana University-Bloomington awarded in December of 1989. Mr. Hartman completed his undergraduate requirements with a student-teaching assignment at Taylor Junior-Senior High school in 1989. Mr. Hartman received his Indiana School Administrator License in 2004 upon completion of a Master of Science Degree from Indiana University-Bloomington with a 3.70 grade point average. He is currently licensed to serve as a building level administrator K-12 as well as a classroom teacher in Economics, United States History and Sociology.
Mr. Hartman has a total of twenty-eight years experience in secondary public education. He is proud to be a Taylor Titan and enjoys working on behalf of the students and patrons of Taylor High School now serving his second generation of students. Mr. Hartman is especially excited to work alongside the finest and most dedicated group of teachers and staff in Howard County. He maintains an open door policy and looks forward to hearing from existing patrons as well as prospective ones who have heard about the fine academic and extra-curricular opportunities at Taylor High School. He can be reached directly at 765-455-8201.Eric Hartman’s Personal Mission Statement:
It is my personal belief that attitude and spirit are the driving forces in developing children into responsible adults. It is my job as an educator to promote an environment that promotes integrity and a spirit of cooperation with student success at the forefront. Failure is an option sometimes but will always be used as a learning opportunity for students, parents and teachers. I chose to be in the kid business because I personally feel that the total development of a child is the most important occupation on the planet. I pledge to always value the children and staff under my direction and to this end I will lead by example all the while being positive and caring. Education is a process that involves everyone playing a role and I am excited that I get to assist in this awesome journey.
BIOGRAPHY Tiffany Longworth-Boruff
Tiffany Boruff serves as Director of School Counseling for Taylor High School in Kokomo, Indiana since June 2017.Prior to her appointment as Director of School Counseling, Ms. Boruff worked as a Program Director at the Kokomo YMCA. In this role, she successfully implemented a nationally recognized youth mentoring program serving at-risk youth in Howard County. Tiffany brings to the position five years of experience working as a School Counselor at Peru High School. She brings valuable experience to Taylor Schools in the areas of test coordination and program implementation, as well as counseling skills, in the areas of academic, college, career, and personal counseling. She is passionate about fostering relationships and developing meaningful connections with at-risk youth as a way to best support each student’s individual needs.
Ms. Boruff is actively involved in the community by serving as a volunteer for community organizations such as Kokomo Urban Outreach, Family Services Association, Howard County Mentoring Coalition, and Open Arms Women’s Shelter. She is also an active member of Prevent Child Abuse Church Committee, Howard County Mentoring Coalition, and the Indiana School Counselor Association.
Tiffany was fortunate to earn a full ride athletic scholarship to Pennsylvania State University, where she played collegiate basketball and earned a Bachelor degree in Social Work. She went on to receive a master's degree in School Counseling from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Tiffany was honored as the first female athlete inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. She continues to hold the all-time leading scoring record, including boys and girls, for the most points scored in a high school career in Howard County.
Tiffany is very proud of her personal and professional accomplishments, but is quick to acknowledge that her most treasured possessions won’t be found on a wall in her office or on the hardwood gymnasium floor. Her most significant role is that of a mother to her two children, Taylor and Cole. They are truly what bring her the most joy in life.Tiffany Boruff's Personal Mission Statement:
My personal mission is to live a balanced life, to always lead by example, and to welcome life’s challenges as an opportunity to learn and grow. Honesty, integrity, dependability, tolerance, and teamwork are qualities I value dearly. My personal mission is to act as an instrument of positive change in my family, my work, and my community. I will utilize all of the talents that God has given me and will participate in all aspects of my life with energy, purpose and gratitude. I believe all students have the ability to learn and succeed with faithful and continuous nurturing, guidance, and support. As a school counselor, I am driven to motivate and empower students by providing a safe and secure environment to support them socially, emotionally, and cognitively, to build a foundation for life-long learning. My most significant role, however, is that of a mother. I strive to raise my children to be respectful, confident, happy, healthy and well-adjusted young adults.
BIOGRAPHY HEATHER HORD
Welcome to the Taylor Middle School web page and thank you for choosing Taylor!
I am the principal at TMS and have been happily serving since July 2008.
We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your student. I have previously served as a teacher and the athletic director for Taylor Middle and High Schools for one year. All of my educational career has proudly been served as a TITAN!
I am a graduate of Eastern High School, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Ball State University. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, political science, and pre-law and my graduate degree is a Master of Arts in educational administration. My teaching license is would allow me to teach government, United States history, and psychology and I also have a building level administrator license.
Before entering into the educational field I worked as an adult and juvenile probation officer for six years in Grant County, Indiana. I felt the passion to change my career and pursued a teaching license. My main focus is to always do what is fair and right for the students. I work hard every day to push myself and those around me to be better for the students at TMS. My goal is to work with students, parents, and teachers to build a great community and environment at TMS. We want all students to be proud to be a TITAN!
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the middle school office.
Heather Hord's Personal Mission Statement:
My daily mission in life is to find the end of my comfort zone where life truly begins.
BIOGRAPHY MATTHEW NUTTALL, M.ED.
I was born and raised in Indianapolis on the SouthEast side. I attended University of Indianapolis and received my Bachelors in Elementary Education and my Masters in Educational Leadership. I have worked in education for 14 years. I have held every position in a school minus a school bus driver. I taught Elementary at Hawthorne Elementary until moving to re-open a school on the far East side of Indy. I was a proud member of a team that took Indianapolis Lighthouse East from a closed school to a two year A rated school. I served as Assistant Principal of Culture.
I am married to Faith Nuttall as of december 2017. She and my three rescue dogs are my loving family. In my recreational time I’m an avid outdoorsman and play Racquetball all over the country. My family and my work make up the best parts of my life.
BIOGRAPHY Jacob Leicht
Jacob Leicht serves as Athletic Director at Taylor Schools
Jake Leicht, 29, was appointed as the Athletic Director at Taylor Community School Corporation on August 12, 2019.
Jake graduated from Taylor High School in 2009. While at Taylor, he played baseball, basketball, and football for four years. After graduating from Taylor, Jake went on to play college football at Franklin College for two years before eventually transferring to Purdue University. He graduated from Purdue in the summer of 2013 with honors while obtaining his Bachelors in Secondary Education degree. After graduating, Jake went on to teach English at Peru Middle School in Peru, Indiana. While at Peru, he was a Varsity football and basketball assistant coach. After one year at Peru, Jake decided to come home to Taylor High School where he accepted a job as the 9th grade English teacher in 2014. After one year in the high school, Jake moved to the middle school where he served as an English teacher for the past four years. He was the head of the English department during the 2018-2019 school year. During his last four years at Taylor, Jake coached Varsity football and basketball. He was hired as the boys’ Varsity basketball coach in May of 2016. Jake will now be overseeing the athletic department at Taylor, which is a job that he has long since desired to do.Jacob Leicht's Personal Mission Statement:
My personal mission is to give our students at Taylor the best possible opportunity to succeed in the classroom and on the sports’ field. I love coming to work every single day knowing that I will have a positive impact on our students. I want to help make Taylor Community School Corporation the premier school system in Howard County through hard work, dedication, and integrity.
BIOGRAPHY AUDREY L. WUNDERLICH
Mrs. Wunderlich has been a proud Titan alumni and staff member most of her life.
After graduating high school from Taylor with honors in 1999 she attended IndianaUniversity to receive her bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle school educationand Indiana Wesleyan University where she gained her degree in special education.
Mrs. Wunderlich worked as an elementary and middle school teacher before becomingthe director of special education in 2014. Her personal mission in life is to help othersexpand their potential for success as she maximizes her own through dedication,compassion, and positivity.
Mrs. Wunderlich has been married to her husband for 16years, and chooses to send her son to Taylor because she believes in the educationand character that is developed through being a Titan
Audrey Wunderlich's Personal Mission Statement:
My mission in life is to help others expand their potential for success as I maximize my own. Through dedication, compassion, and positivity, I aspire to learn from life experiences and apply that knowledge to make tomorrow even better than today.
BIOGRAPHY DAVID A. LONG, JR.
David A. Long, Jr., now 60, was appointed Transportation Director of Taylor Community Schools in Kokomo, Indiana April 16, 2003.
Mr. Long began driving a school bus the fall of 1976 to supplement his family farm income as a special needs bus driver in Howard County. In 1991 he was hired by Taylor Community School Corporation to drive route 14 in the Indian Heights sub division. Effective November 1, 2000 Mr. Long began supervision of the Versa Trans Bus Routing and Planning System. Mr. Long was appointed to assistant maintenance, custodial supervision, and transportation director effective April 16, 2003.Mr. Long served two years as the Region 5 Director of Transportation with School transportation Association of Indiana, 2012-2014. Mr. Long received 16 hours of on-site training with Versa Trans Bus Routing and Planning with a skilled training coach in 2001. He completed the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness Training in accordance with DOT/FHWA Part 382.603 on June 18, 2002. He completed the NAPT Training program course #802 – Special Education Transportation-Operations on April 16, 2003. He completed the one day training with Trane Controls on May 2005. He completed the 40 hour school bus driver-instructor classroom & behind the wheel training course by Richard E. Fischer, Trans-Consult Instructor on July 2006. Mr. Long completed Five Training Modules pertaining to Transporting Students with Disabilities on the school bus on February 10, 2007 provided by S.T.A.I. Mr. Long completed 8 hours of Blue Bird Maintenance & Multiplex Wiring Factory Training and a Braun Wheel Chair Lift training class in 2008. He completed the NAPT Training Program Course #302-Budget Development on April 29, 2009 in Fort Wayne, IN. He completed school bus maintenance training with Kerlin Bus Sales Training Class in 2010 and in 2011. Mr. Long completed the Supervisor Training of two hours in accordance with DOT regulations highlighting how to identify physical, behavioral, speech and performance symptoms that would justify probable cause drug and/ or alcohol testing on August 22, 2013. He has completed various safety trainings, Asbestos Awareness, and OSHA training provided Kokomo Electricians Union.Mr. Long drove a school bus in Dallas TX for 1 year and taught Physical Education, coached track, football, and basketball at a small intercity Christian school while attending Christ For the Nations Institute, graduating with a general studies ministry degree in 1990. He attended one year of general studies at Asbury College, Wilmore, Ky. In 1972-73, and one year at IVY Tech in Kokomo with classes in general carpentry and plumbing in 1974-75, and attended the 12 week short course in agriculture at Purdue University in 1976. Mr. Long coached cross-country bicycle treks in the summers, emphasizing safety, adventure, discipleship, and evangelism for 40 years. He has logged over 16,000 miles cycling in the USA and Wales. Mr. Long and his wife have also enjoyed service as foster parents and relief parents for 6 years in Howard and Cass County with a strong belief in helping the little people become safer and happier while cultivating a bright hope for the future.
Mr. Long has a total of twenty three years of transportation experience at Taylor School and promotes school bus safety as a primary and ongoing pursuit. He sees the Taylor School Community as a premier education center in Howard County and will continue to serve, promote and work together with others in this community to help this school reach and maintain its potential in every possible way.David Long's Personal Mission Statement:
My mission in life is to do my best each day, and endeavor to lift others up to be their best as well. My family and my God are by far my two most important priorities, and my work will reflect an attitude of excellence and joyful service at home, church, and school.
BIOGRAPHY PAULA BOLIN
Paula Bolin was appointed as the food service director of Taylor Community Schools in 2016
Mrs. Bolin has been a part of the Taylor family most of her life.
She is a 1985 Titan Alumni.
She began working in the food service department in 1999.
After working many different positions within the department, she was named Food Service Director in 2016.
Mrs.Bolin is married and has 3 children and 4 beautiful grandchildren.
She is very passionate about Taylor Schools and the growth and well being of our students..
Paula Bolin's Personal Mission Statement:My mission in life is to always be kind to others and to always remember that you never know what someone else may be dealing with in their own personal life. I strive to be the best leader that I can be not only to my staff but also my children and grandchildren.
BIOGRAPHY PATRICK H. BERNOTASPatrick H.Bernotas is the Technology Director of Taylor Community Schools in Kokomo, Indiana
Mr. Bernotas came to Taylor as the School Corporation’s first Technology Director. His main job was to develop a 5 year Technology Plan and start Taylor Schools down a dynamic High Tech future. A strong foundation of highly trained staff, cutting edge infrastructure and robust technology hardware got the school operating in a digital rich environment. Mr. Bernotas’ current responsibilities have been expanded to manage Federal and State reporting, network services such as telephone, computer, projectors, security systems as well as a competent Tech Team.
Mr. Bernotas is a retired Federal Firefighter of thirty years. This experience has given him the management skills needed to lead and develop the Technology Team and Plan for the Taylor Community School Corporation. He worked part time as Technology Director until retiring from Federal service in 2010. Mr. Bernotas is happily married with 3 children and 5 grand children.
Mr. Bernotas’ educational background includes degree in Emergency Management from Community College of the Air Force and Federal Management studies at Texas A&M. Mr. Bernotas served as board member of Air Force Training Committee. He is certified as Homeland Security/FEMA instructor for National Incident Management System (NIMS) as well as adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech. He is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Certified Apple Developer.
Mr. Bernotas has a total of 23 years’ experience in public education (K-12). His strengths include, but are not limited to: skilled manager of programs and personnel, integration of technology in a learning setting, decision making skills based on best practices , and willingness to listen and implement team decisions.
Mr. Bernotas is a loyal employee, dedicated to advancement of the Taylor Community School Corporation’s mission and goals. He believes in student life long learning and individual character development and is proud be a part of this process.
Pat Bernotas' Personal Mission Statement:
My life’s mission is to become an example of all my beliefs. I want to demonstrate everything I have learned in my short life with patience and understanding. I will continue as a lifelong learner and always make myself available and open to “catch” life lessons. I strive to know Christ and make him known. My family is my passion and my Community is my service.