Principal's Corner

Taurus Smith

I am Taurus Smith and I have been the principal at Payne Elementary since July 2010. I was born and raised here in Selma, Alabama. In 1997, I graduated from Selma High School and began college at Alabama State University. I graduated from ASU in 2001 and again in 2005 where I received my B.S. and Masters in Elementary Education. I received my Masters in Education Administration in 2008 from ASU as well. In 2009, I became National Board Certified as an Early Childhood Generalist. Before becoming a Principal, I was a first grade teacher at Byrd Elementary for 9 years which was the elementary school I attended as a child. 

I am married to Darrius Smith, and I have two children, Daysha and Darrius Jr. 

I have a passion for teaching and leading, and I truly enjoy working with the students, parents and community partners of Payne Elementary.  

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