Principal Joel Spengler Joel Spengler, Principal
Welcome to Taft Middle School. It is my pleasure to be part of this extremely talented staff of educators. We have committed teachers, clerical, and support staff who have the best interests of our students at the center of all we do.
I have worked in public middle school education for my entire career. Addressing the developmental and academic needs during these formative years is what I enjoy doing. This is my 16th year in education and my 9th in the San Diego Unified School District. I have a wonderful wife and fabulous daughter who is in elementary school. My goal is for Taft Middle School to meet the needs of the Serra Mesa community and all students who enter our campus by providing an engaging and challenging education.


Vice Principal

Lynn Ryan, Vice Principal 

I was born in San Francisco and raised just south in San Mateo.  I attended college at U.C. Davis and after spending my junior year in Madrid, Spain, completed my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 1985.  After graduation I went to the local community college to be – can you believe it – a travel agent! For a while that was my chosen profession.  However, it just wasn’t quite fulfilling. 

I moved to San Diego in 1989 to pursue my teaching credential and began teaching in1993 in elementary school in San Diego Unified School District.  For the most part I taught third and fourth grades but also taught a Literacy through Technology program to kindergarten through fifth grades for several years.

After teaching for eight years I earned my Master of Arts in School Administration along with my Administrative Credential from the Azusa Pacific University.  I taught for a few more years, became a vice principal at the elementary level for the next five years, and have been a vice principal at the middle level for the past four years.

This is the beginning of my fourth year here at Taft (my 19th in SDUSD) and I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to be able to watch the 6thgraders from my first year promote to high school past June.

I am proud to be working with such a committed and caring group of professionals who truly care about children.  In order to ensure that your children are safe, happy, and productive, we are implementing new and exciting things this year.  You trust us with your child/ren every day, and the children trust us to nurture them and guide them to the next level. This is a responsibility I take very seriously. 

We have definitely started the 2011/12 school year on a positive note and plan to continue the trend.  I look forward to continued relationships with returning Taft students and parents, as well as fostering new relationships with students from all over the world who have joined us this year. 

Please know that I welcome parents and students to contact me with any questions, problems, or concerns.  I prefer to solve problems rather than admire them.  As a team, we can do anything!

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead


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