Chief of Elementary Schools
Smith holds an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership, a master’s in Reading and Writing from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University. She began her career in public education as a fourth-grade teacher in Fayette County Public Schools in 1998. Before accepting the position of chief of elementary schools, she was a principal at Ashland Elementary from 2013-17. Smith also served as a principal in Clark County for three years, from 2010-13. Other experience includes serving as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery specialist, and instructional coach. Before working in the public school system, Smith was a childcare teacher and center director for 13 years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.