Dr. Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Newly appointed Schools Superintendent, Dr. Kevin Smith, is originally from Ballston Spa, a small town nestled in the foothills of the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Dr. Smith is the fourth of five siblings and comes from a family dedicated to public service. Upon graduating from Ballston Spa High School he attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. As an undergraduate, Dr. Smith participated on the Rowing Team, in Campus Ministry, founded an Environmental Awareness group that was responsible for creating a campus-wide recycling program, and worked as a volunteer with the Marist Brothers (a Catholic religious teaching order) to conduct outreach and education in impoverished communities like Wheeling, WV, Brownsville, TX and Lawrence, MA. Dr. Smith graduated in 1995 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science.
Upon graduation, Dr. Smith moved to Standing Rock, SD to spend a summer conducting outreach to the Lakota community on Standing Rock Reservation. Shortly after, he joined the faculty at Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA as an English teacher and Cross Country coach. While in Massachusetts, Dr. Smith also spent a year working for the Big Brother Association of Greater Boston as a Caseworker. During that time, he expanded services far up the North Shore into Gloucester and established a satellite office there to improve service to that and surrounding communities.
In 1997, Dr. Smith was invited to move to Newark, NJ and work at Our Lady Queen of Angels elementary school in the Central Ward. While there, Dr. Smith taught 2nd, 3rd, and 7th grades, oversaw the afterschool program and ran the NIA empowerment club. While living in New Jersey, Dr. Smith was admitted to Seton Hall University and earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Smith was hired as Assistant Principal of Sacred Heart School in 2000. In that same year, he married and moved to Connecticut. Dr. Smith served as Assistant Principal of Sacred Heart until he was appointed Principal in 2003. From 2003-2006, Dr. Smith lead Sacred Heart, the largest, and one of the highest performing Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York. He also administered Sacred Heart’s summer camp program (located on the Marist Brothers’ property on the banks of the Hudson in Esopus, NY) for the school’s most disadvantaged students each August. While at Sacred Heart, Dr. Smith was accepted into Fordham University. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership in 2006 and has worked there as an adjunct professor since that time. Dr. Smith has presented his research at national conferences and has co-authored a chapter in a forthcoming book by Information Age publishing.
In the summer of 2006, Dr. Smith joined the dynamic group of administrators who lead Bethel Public Schools. As the middle school principal, Dr. Smith worked with his assistant principals, faculty and staff to improve school climate, curriculum and instruction. Fully implementing the middle school philosophy, Dr. Smith and his fellow administrators implemented Advisory, introduced protocols to closely monitor student achievement and well being, and expand curricular and extra curricular opportunities for all students. In 2009 BMS was recognized as a New England League of Middle Schools Spotlight School. BMS is one of only ten Spotlight Schools in Connecticut. During Dr. Smith’s tenure at BMS the school has been recognized annually by ConnCan as one of the top ten schools for closing the achievement gap for economically disadvantaged or minority students.
Dr. Smith lives in Trumbull, with his beautiful wife Jennifer and his five children, Connor (6), Caileigh (4), Liam (2), and Sawyer and Avery (1). He and his family are members of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Until leaving her job to stay home and raise their children, Dr. Smith’s wife Jennifer, a Master of Social Work, was the Director of Programs for the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, a large not for profit agency in New York City. Jennifer is actively involved in the PTA at Trumbull Early Childhood Education Center and Frenchtown Elementary School.