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Meet Kelli Smith, Flagstone Elementary School

Kelli Smith

CASTLE ROCK – Reading, learning, problem solving. Kelli Smith has an affinity for all three. The combination of these and her love for working with people has made her a natural fit for the role of principal at Flagstone Elementary School.

Smith’s path began at Western Michigan University, where she majored in Elementary Education, with minors in math/science and English. After graduation, Smith taught in both primary and intermediate classrooms, which provided her with a wide range of experience in age levels ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade. After almost a decade of teaching, Smith, then in Los Angeles, worked in assistant principal and principal roles.

10 Facts about Kelli Smith

  1. What was your first job?
    A paper route.
  2. If you had the opportunity to pursue another career, what would you choose?
    I would become a writer.
  3. Advice for a college graduate entering field of teaching:
    Remember why you chose this career and don’t sweat the small stuff.
  4. Who inspires you?
    Too many people to list. Folks that show integrity in difficult situations.
  5. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
    Invisibility.
  6. What is the last book you read? 
    Ebook: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline; traditional bound book: Multiplier Effect by Liz Weisman
  7. What was your favorite subject in high school?
    English.
  8. Are you a cat or dog person
    Both.
  9. What was your first car?
    A Ford Escort.
  10. Favorite quote?
    Jim Carrey—Merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

Flagstone welcomed Smith as an Assistant Principal in 2012, after she and her family relocated to Colorado. In 2013, she became the school’s principal.

Smith truly enjoys the work she is doing at her school. “I love the problem solving and relationships with students. I love seeing kids come to school each day with a smile and love of learning. I like that I can be a part of that and support them daily in this way.”

Supporting students and creating the best environment for learning is Smith’s main focus. “DCSD is the sixth district I have worked in,” Smith said. “I feel that my diverse background in several different districts has given me a unique perspective to grow a school in new ways.”

“I feel that students need to be honored and celebrated daily, and feel that they have a voice at the school,” Smith continued. “They need to know that all staff are there to help them grow, academically and socially, in a safe, challenging and engaging community. The systems that we are refining at FSE revolve around these important student goals.”

One example of giving students a voice could be observed at the school’s recent parent conferences. Several classes conducted student-led conferences, giving students the opportunity to dive deeper into an understanding of their own learning.

“I was so proud of staff and the students who were able to articulate so clearly their personal learning goals, and were so proud of the progress they had made so far,” Smith remarked.

Smith thoroughly enjoys the triumphs and the challenges that accompany her job. “I love working with students and staff to solve problems and grow in new ways.”


November 12, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Elementary Education, Schools

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