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Taylor, Fairben appointed elementary principals

Posted Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 —


The Geneva City School District has appointed two long-standing Geneva administrators to serve as elementary school principals this year.


Christine Taylor will take the helm of West Street School, while Kevin Fairben will head up North Street School. Mrs. Taylor replaces Susan Meskos, while Dr. Fairben is taking over for Eric Vaillancourt; both Mrs. Meskos and Mr. Vaillancourt accepted positions outside the district.


“I am so excited to welcome both Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Fairben as our newest principals,” said Superintendent Patricia Garcia. “In my year with the district, I have witnessed Taylor’s commitment, her passion, her knowledge and her creativity, and I know she is a wonderful fit for West Street School.


“Mr. Fairben’s breadth of knowledge about education—particularly reading—is impressive, and he, himself, is a lifelong learner. Both of these fine administrators have demonstrated integrity and commitment in their many roles with the district,” said Garcia.


Mrs. Taylor has been assistant principal at North Street School since 2018, and has worked as a summer school principal, instructional coach and teacher in the district since 1996. Dr. Fairben has been Geneva High School assistant principal since 2018, and was assistant principal at Geneva Middle School and North Street School from 2010 and 2007, respectively.


In addition to her roles with the district, Mrs. Taylor serves as a Roberts Wesleyan College adjunct professor for the Geneva Pathway to Teaching cohort. She has supported curricular efforts as a curriculum designer and professional developer for the Geneva City School District. Her passion for teaching and learning guided the development of several innovative learning environments and district-wide programs, including multiage, acceleration, and agricultural education. Mrs. Taylor has collaboratively supported students, staff, and the community while serving on multiple educational and strategic planning teams.


Mrs. Taylor holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in educational leadership from SUNY Oswego, a master’s degree in computer education from Nazareth College, and a bachelor’s in elementary education from SUNY Geneseo. She resides in Geneva with her husband, Mark, and their two children.


Dr. Fairben has led numerous innovative programs in his time with the district, including a behavioral Response to Intervention system and Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports initiative at the elementary level; he also worked to align curriculum and identify instructional gaps at both elementary and secondary levels and collaborated on a 1:1 technology plan for the middle school. Prior to becoming an administrator, Dr. Fairben worked for 12 years as a teacher, holding positions in elementary teaching, reading, and computer science in Greece Central Schools, Newark Central Schools, Rochester City Schools, and Philadelphia City Schools.


Dr. Fairben holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Rochester; a master’s degree in reading, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, both from SUNY Geneseo. He resides in Canandaigua with his wife, Erin, and their two children.