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 by 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!
Yvonne Dangerfield, Assistant Principal
Professional Background:This year marks my seventeenth year with Arlington Public Schools. I am a native Arlingtonian and a graduate of Arlington Public Schools. My initial degrees were in Early Childhood Education, with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a master’s degree from Teacher’s College-Columbia University. I received my Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from George Washington University. Classroom teaching experiences have included Project Head Start, Kindergarten, and First Grade. My career in school administration started with Fairfax County Public Schools at the former Mosby Woods Elementary School and Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences. I returned to Arlington where I worked at Hoffman-Boston, my neighborhood school and then came to Taylor ten years ago as Assistant Principal.
Personal Interests:I love my church and enjoy spending time in related activities and events. In my “spare” time, I enjoy working in the garden, reading, and sharing time with family and friends. Recently, I have started a new hobby of scrapbooking.