Rich Smith leads and serves on TSS Program Improvement and Technical Assistance teams. He provides coaching to district administrative staff, school principals and faculties to guide them in reaching higher achievement for students, schools and districts. He is a vital team member for TSS training engagements at the school and district level and a member/leader of the TSS team of facilitators. Mr. Smith also leads TSS Academic Audit teams as well as provides expertise on RtI and ELD projects.
Rich Smith has been the Deputy Superintendent of the Sanger Unified School District, for the last 8 years, where he leads of the Educational Services Division. Mr. Smith came to Sanger Unified in 2004 as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and also served as Associate Superintendent before being named Deputy Superintendent in 2007. He worked tirelessly to build and strengthen a culture of collaboration throughout the district and was a driving force in the reform efforts that led to Sanger Unified gains in student achievement and recognition as a district of excellence.
In 2004 Sanger was one of 98 school districts in California to be named a Program Improvement District due to the low performance of the English Language Learner population. Two years later, under the leadership of Mr. Smith, the District was one of the first districts in California to exit Program Improvement. Sanger Unified is currently one of the highest performing districts in the Central Valley of California, including significant achievement for English Learners, earning them multiple State and National Awards.
Mr. Smith has been involved in Public Education in the Central Valley for over 35 years. He has taught at the elementary and high school levels. He has also served as a Special Education Resource teacher. He served as principal for four different elementary schools, as a high school administrator for nine years, and at the district office level for ten years in a wide variety of positions. He was named as Administrator of the Year for the Clovis Unified School District in 1998 for his work at the high school level.
Mr. Smith has presented on numerous occasions sharing the Sanger success story and the power of PLCs and collaboration throughout the State of California. Mr. Smith is a key presenter at ACSA/TSS “Leading the Learning Institutes” and further shares through other TSS workshops the power of PLCs and collaboration.
In 2010, Mr. Smith was named the Distinguished Alumni by the Kremen School of Education at California State University, Fresno.
Mr. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from California State University, Fresno. Additionally, he has a Master’s degree in Administrative Services and Educational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University.