BIOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER A. SMITH, ED.S.
Christopher A. Smith, 54, was appointed Superintendent of Taylor Community Schools in Kokomo, Indiana November of 2013 and his official start was January 1, 2014.
Mr. Smith is revealing and initiating Professional Learning Communities and interventions to support all types’ of student learners, and establishing collaborative teacher teams (Professional Learning Communities) to support success for Climate and Culture and to improve instruction and assessment district wide. Mr. Smith’s number one goal and focus has been student learning and achievement, student and staff safety, and developing a proficient budget for the district. Under Mr. Smith’s leadership the elementary, middle school, and high school will strive to meet mandates and testing such as: NCLB, NWEA, ISTEP, ECA, SAT, and ACT scores, and will display improvements at all levels.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Indiana State Superintendent Educational Advisory Council Roundtable for three years, served as an Executive Board member on the first property and casualty trust (ESCRFT) established in Indiana, a board member of the second largest heath trust in Indiana, President for Special Education Cooperative, and also the President of the executive board of the Northern Indiana Educational Service Center. He is currently a board member for Kokomo Area Special Education Coop, Kokomo Area Career Center Vocation High School, Partners in Education Committee Member, Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) Member, and Wabash Valley Educational Center Superintendent Round Table.
Mr. Smith was also nominated as Superintendent of the Year in 2012 by other superintendent’s in Indiana.
Mr. Smith was the superintendent at South Central Community Schools, Union Mills, Indiana, where he finished seven years as the superintendent. Previously, he was the principal for five years and assistant principal for two years at Lakeland Middle School in LaGrange, Indiana. Mr. Smith taught Physical Education at all levels between kindergarten through twelfth grade and Health Education sixth through eighth grades at M.S.D. of Steuben County in Angola, Indiana, student taught at Muncie North in Muncie, Indiana, and coached at Yorktown High School, in Yorktown, Indiana. Mr. Smith coached: Tennis, football, cross-country, basketball, wrestling, track, and directed a successful Tennis Camp for fourteen years.
Mr. Smith ‘s educational background includes an Educational Specialist degree from Indiana State University with concentration in Leadership in School Business Affairs, Master of Science in Secondary Administration from Indiana State University, Masters of Science degree from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. He is licensed in superintendency, secondary administration and supervision, and has a life license in teaching content areas of Physical Education and Health.
Mr. Smith has a total of thirty-two years’ experience in public education (K-12). His strengths include, but are not limited to: instructional leadership, finance, technology as a learning tool, decision making skills, experiences as a leader in many phases of education, and willingness to implement and adjust to educational changes that are deemed to benefit student learning and achievement. He is enthusiastic, and able to dedicate his energies and time to being a positive and proficient superintendent.
Mr. Smith has been married for (22) years and has two children. His daughter is (19) and his son is (15). Family is and always will come first in his life. He wants his legacy to be known as a loving, caring, and great husband and father.
Mr. Smith is a working superintendent of schools who sincerely likes to work with others to develop good programs for students, who is able to meet the unique needs of the diverse populations, who has successfully met the challenge of today’s educational challenges, and who would like to increase staff morale and professionalism at Taylor Community Schools.
Christopher Smith’s Personal Mission Statement:
My mission in life is to create and dedicate to setting high goals, to lead my family, students, staff, parents, and community to believe in themselves, and always aim high! This starts with attitude! To love my family with many indulgences, aware that they are all my only treasures. I believe you must Trust and do what is right and be honest every day. I will be committed to do my best every day, and to treat people the way I want to be treated, “The Golden Rule.” In the end, I truly believe that when you set high goals and work hard, good things happen.