Margaret Taylor Allen knew at a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. This early focus led to her first teaching experience as a paraprofessional with Montgomery Association for Retarded Citizens. Successively, Mrs. Allen built relationships with hundreds of students and families over twenty years as a classroom teacher in Montgomery Public Schools. She inspired students to love learning as they cultivated intellectual curiosity.
Margaret’s passion for seeing students reach their full potential guided every decision made throughout her career. Mrs. Allen sustained a heart for doing what is best for children as she served in every professional role. She believes that student success is the essence of the collaborative work of all stakeholders. As superintendent, she has responsibility for operations that lead to 30,000 students receiving the education that meets their need for satisfactory grade level growth, personal and academic achievement. The ultimate goal is for students to graduate from high school prepared for college, career and beyond.
Under her leadership, Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technologies (MPACT) was named an Innovation Zone School by the Alabama State Department of Education in its first year as a center; the district piloted Montgomery Virtual School which gave students more educational options to learn and adapt lessons outside of the traditional classroom setting; Bear Exploration Center was named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence; and Confucius Institutes at Troy University and AUM expanded Mandarin Chinese language and culture to three schools. In addition, she restructured and expanded the Professional Services Center; facilitated the design of the district’s Leadership Academy to nurture “home grown” administrators, successfully guided the system through the process of achieving its first ever district-wide accreditation through AdvancED in 2013, and initiated the creation and implementation of the system’s current strategic plan.
Born in Montgomery Alabama, Mrs. Allen received K-12 education in Montgomery Public Schools. An advocate of lifelong learning, Superintendent Allen holds masters’ degrees in elementary education and early childhood education -- both with an emphasis on students with disabilities, from Auburn University Montgomery. She has certification in educational administration from Alabama State University, certification from the National Staff Development Council and certification from AASA, the National Superintendent’s Organization. She continues to participate in significant professional learning experiences locally and across the country.
Superintendent Allen is married with two adult children and three wonderful grandchildren. Her family expands to include the membership of New Canaan Baptist Church where she supports youth and women development. She engages with the community through various board membership and through participation in events that foster civic development and improvement. Mrs. Allen is an advocate for equity and respect for all. She believes in working collaboratively to create cultures rich in quality and filled with opportunities.