She said one of her biggest priorities would be to help promote the implementation of the state's common core standings that she said weave critical thinking, reading and writing into all subjects.
She said mentoring is another priority, along with making sure she stays visible in the district and is accessible to parents.
“Parental involvement is something that's critical to a district's future,” she said. “It's actually at the heart of what kids get done in the classroom with regard to the ability to read and become what God intended them to be. I'd like to see a district where parents are empowered to participate in their child's education.”
Smith serves as the educational services manager for The Oklahoman's Newspapers in Education program.
“I have been a paraprofessional teacher with kids as young as those in early childhood education all the way to adult learning,” she said. “One of the things I enjoy most is instilling the love of lifelong learning. That's something that has always motivated me and something I believe is a key to living successfully.”