Smith named SCPS deputy superintendent

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By The Staff

Lisa Smith is moving on and up but not out of Shelby County Public Schools.

Effective July 1, Smith will move from director of student programs to chief academic officer/deputy superintendent for SCPS.

Smith, who has been a teacher in Franklin County and a principal and administrator in Shelby, said originally leaving the classroom was difficult.

"My most important task every day was teaching," she said in a press release. "I knew on a daily basis that by working with a child, I could bring out the best in that child simply because I had the privilege to make a difference in his life."

But now, she said she relishes the broad scale she can use to affect each child in the district.

It's important to ""look at the whole while looking at one child and maximizing the resources, the services and the staff needed to bring about success," she said.

Superintendent James Neihof said he selected Smith because of that quality.

"I selected Mrs. Smith because of her passion for student achievement, her attention to details and willingness to take part in getting the job done, and her ability to see the big picture, yet keeping in mind the individual focus on the individual child," he said.

Looking forward, Smith said she's excited to continue to be challenged by the needs of the students and educators.

Describing her role as "a servant leader, an assistant to whoever may need me to provide aid in whatever fashion, and someone to carry forward the superintendent's message."