The Jasper City Board of Education approved Smith to serve as the school’s new principal last week.
Smith has worked at a number of schools during his educational career. After graduating for the University of Alabama, he started teaching and coaching at Pickens County High School. He soon made his way back to his hometown of Plainview, Ala., and taught for 18 years. He spent his last year there working as an assistant principal. Smith then moved to Pickens County High School and served as the school’s principal for four years.
After a brief period of retirement, Smith taught in Mississippi for three years before coming back to Alabama to work as the associate principal at Hoover High School for 8 years.
He then retired again and later did contract work at Hoover High School for two years.
Smith was soon recruited to serve as assistant principal at Biloxi High School in Mississippi for one year.
Smith then entered retirement, but recently had the desire to work again.
“When this opportunity came along I was just ready to get back and do something,” Smith said. “I think one reason I may be a good fit here is I’ve had some experience in closing down one campus and moving kids to another. In Hoover we closed down our freshman campus and brought them back to the main campus. Part of my job was to plan that and make the schedules mesh. Hopefully that experience will come in handy here as we’re reconfiguring.”
Smith is scheduled to serve as Walker High’s interim principal through June, and he makes the commute from Birmingham to Jasper each day.
“This is obviously such a strong school, with a really strong faculty and great kids. It’s made it very easy on me to walk in and feel at home pretty quickly. ... I’ve never been in a place that I felt better about, just walking in it, than I do here, and I’ve worked in some good schools,” he said. “My goal is to continue overseeing the great things that they’re doing and help make the transition to the changes coming up for next year. If I can do that, I’ll feel like I’ve been successful.”