Dr. Jim Smith was named Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services in July 2016. He began his teaching career in New Mexico, serving as a high school English teacher at three small private schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In July of 2000, Dr. Smith joined Academy District 20 and has served in a variety of capacities in the district, including English teacher and Dean of Students at Aspen Valley High School - 2000-2004, Assistant Principal and Principal of Eagleview Middle School - 2004-2014, and Executive Director for Learning Services - 2014-2016.
Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Kansas, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English and American Studies. Realizing his love for education, Dr. Smith returned to school, attending the College of Santa Fe where he earned a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. Dr. Smith earned his master's degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction, followed by the completion his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Throughout his career, Dr. Smith has enjoyed researching, writing and presenting on various topics related to improving public education.
The role of Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services includes providing oversight for school accreditation, supervision of high schools, supporting student enrollment, facilitating various Board and Superintendent Committees, leading accountability efforts, coordinating strategic planning across the district, and leading research and the development of innovative practices in Academy District 20.
Dr. Smith was the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Administrator by the Arts, Business and Education Consortium.