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Taylor Selected For Interim Role As Director Of Special Programs

Beth Taylor has served the students and families of Aiken County Public Schools since 2002. Her career in the district’s Department of Special Programs spans more than two decades and began with her work as a special education teacher for students with Emotional Disabilities. 

District Superintendent King Laurence notified the school board of the interim assignment at their regularly scheduled meeting January 10, 2023. Current Director of Special Programs LaToya Wiley has accepted a position at North Augusta High School to serve on their administrative team as an Assistant Principal. She’ll begin her new role on North Augusta’s campus January 23. 

Taylor’s undergraduate degree is in Special Education from Erskine College. She also has two Masters Degrees; the first she earned in Education Technology from the University of South Carolina Aiken in 2006, and a second in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina in 2019. She also holds certification in the State Department’s Institute for District Administrators and is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. 

Her work with XSEL, the social emotional learning program she helped launch in 2020 for elementary school students as a tier-three behavioral intervention, will continue throughout her interim role with assistance from XSEL’s Lead Behavioral Interventionist Brooke Dingler of the day-to-day operations. 

Special Programs’ leadership transition begins with Taylor’s first day as interim director scheduled for January 12. Taylor will work alongside the department’s outgoing director until Wiley’s official start date as an Assistant Principal at North Augusta High on January 23. 

“I’m honored to be able to serve the students of Aiken County in this capacity,” Taylor stated, “and also grateful for the opportunity to work closely alongside LaToya to ensure a smooth transition.” 

“Together with our Department leaders, principals and teachers,” Taylor continued, “I look forward to analyzing our work in Special Programs and developing processes and procedures to streamline how we address the highest needs of students in our schools.”