About Mary Taylor
Springfield High School graduate Mary (Capan) Taylor is one of the top faces of Ohio's state government after she was chosen by Gov. John Kasich to be the state's lieutenant governor and would be next in line to lead the state if Kasich is unable to finish his term. Taylor's career in politics began on Green City Council before then moving on to the state level when she was elected to represent the 43rd distict in Ohio General Assembly and then in 2006 defeating fellow Summit County resident Barbara Sykes. Taylor credits Springfield Schools for giving her a foundation for success.
Year graduated: 1984 Springfield High School
Favorite subject at Springfield: Math
Favorite teachers: Mr. Lowe and Mr. Wallace
Post-secondary Education: BS in Accounting and Masters in Taxation, both from the University of Akron
Family: Married to Don (Springfield High School class of 1980) with two sons, Joe (25), and Michael (22)
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends and summers boating on Portage Lakes
Question and Answer
Q: What was your favorite memory about High School?
A: My favorite memory from Springfield High is cheering at Friday night football games, especially against the Ellet Orangemen!
Q: How did Springfield High School help shape you into the person you have become?
A: Springfield High School taught me that I could be anything I wanted to be. I had a great education, made great friends and I couldn't imagine a better foundation for success.
Q: At 17 years old, what is it that you thought you would be doing when you were an adult, and how is that different than what you are doing?
A: Wow, that's a great question - does anyone know at 17 years old what you want to do as an adult? I entered college hoping to go to medical school, but my first C in chemistry changed that. I'm a CPA and worked in public accounting for 16 years and that's what I would have expected to be doing today.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job/what makes you notable?
A: Very recently it became very clear what the most rewarding part of my job is. I had the opportunity to speak to a group of 5th and 6th grade students at Rockdale Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, about the dangers of using drugs and our Start Talking initiative. Rockdale Academy is an inner city public school in Avondale, which faces all of the challenges that you have heard and read about. I was a little uncertain about what to say to this young group but decided just be honest with them about drugs. I have to admit this was the most impressive and thoughtful group of young people I've been in front of. Part of me was sad because these 5th and 6th graders knew more about drugs than I would have thought, but I was also appreciative of their very thoughtful questions. Several of them thanked me for coming to discuss this very important issue and all agreed that each one of use can do more to help someone when they are facing difficult times. This was special because it reminded me that what I do really does matter and the ability to talk about these important issues across the State will make a difference.
Q: When it is all said and done, what is the legacy you hope to have left behind?
A: Proof that in life you get what you have the courage to seek!