Iliana Gonzales, Principal
Principal Vision I am honored to lead Taylor Elementary School! Go Tigers!
- Students: I hope we will love and care for each student as global thinkers and take each student to his/her next level of excellence through experiential and problem-based learning
- Staff: I hope this is a place where we will teach and learn from each other by creating nurturing environments and unapologetically taking risks through our professional learning communities
- Community: I hope this is a place where we help our students and neighbors in need because we are a community that is socially aware, respects, and cares for each other
Professional Background: I was born in Washington D.C., and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. I am a bilingual instructional leader and am passionate about leading learning! I received a bachelor’s degree in Communication from George Mason University and a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision in Education from Johns Hopkins University. I started my teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools, continued as a high school teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools, and most recently served as an assistant principal at Wakefield High School and Claremont Immersion Elementary School.
Personal Interests: My family’s heritage is from El Salvador and I find joy in international travel! I am the proud mom of two little bilingual girls. With both of my children, playing on the floor with legos or blocks and running around to dance classes with my girls is part of our household routine. I am passionate about cooking and love experiencing new recipes! I am a huge Lin-Manuel Miranda fan, and adore his two musicals, In the Heights and Hamilton!
Caitlin Sherman, Assistant Principal
- I am from the small town of New London, Wisconsin. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where I received a double major in Journalism and Spanish Studies.
- I then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines for two years where I supported the English learning of students in high school. I started working in Arlington first as a special education assistant, special education teacher, and student support coordinator.
- During that time I received a MA in Early Childhood Special Education from George Washington University and an MEd in Education Supervision from George Mason University. I am thrilled to serve Taylor Elementary School as its assistant principal in this newest opportunity.
- Although I love living in Virginia, I still consider myself a midwestern girl at heart and I take as many opportunities as I can to visit my family in Wisconsin.
- In my spare time, I listen to audiobooks, cook, and hike with my friends.
- It is a personal goal of mine to visit all of the United States National Parks, my favorites so far have been Glacier National Park and Zion National Park.