Keith Smith is a 9th Grade Success Coach serving our Arizona partner districts.
During his 25 plus years as an educator, Mr. Smith served as the Principal at Rainier Beach High School in Seattle, Washinton. Rainier Beach High School has a long tradition as a powerhouse basketball program with distinguished alumni that includes Jamal Crawford, Doug Christie, Nate Robinson, Dejounte Murray, and many others. Prior to his current role, Mr. Smith also served as the Principal at South Lake Alternative High School and the Assistant Principal at Franklin High School for nine years. During that time, he supervised the math department, athletics and special education. He also oversaw the ninth-grade city levy investment as well as the intervention and prevention case management team. During his tenure in the Seattle School District Mr. Smith also served as a House Administrator at Meany Middle School, a teacher at John Marshall Alternative High School and a Site Coordinator for the Interagency Academy.
Mr. Smith earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Loyola Marymount University, and a Master’s in Education and his Principal Certification from Heritage University as well as his Professional Administrator’s Certification from City Year University. Mr. Smith is passionate about strengthening the bonds between school, families, and community with student success as the focus. He has strong beliefs in growing teacher capacity through collaboration and coaching. And he brings extensive experience in building systems and supports for students and staff.
Mr. Smith believes in high quality instruction, collaboration and positive relationships as the foundation for building a strong educational community. In his words, “education gives our youth the opportunity and access to successful futures.” Mr. Smith is committed to being a change agent for youth. He wants the youth of America to continue to excel while being productive citizens with a focus on social Justice and innovation.
Mr. Smith is the proud father of two fantastic sons, Keith and Stephen. Mr. Smith’s passion for academic success continues to drive his efforts to make a difference for the youth and staff that he serves.
In the 9th grade Keith and his family made the life changing move from Flint, Michigan to Southern California.