By Barry H. Hendrix
Sydney Smith has been chosen as the new principal of Thomasville Elementary School.
The Thomasville City Board of Education approved the hiring May 5 in a special called meeting in the Thomasville High School Library. The two-year probationary contract is effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as the new principal of Thomasville Elementary School,” she said. “I am very excited and cannot wait to get started! I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure as assistant principal at THS. It has been a growing experience…one I wouldn’t trade for the world! I will definitely miss the students and staff there. They will always hold a very special place in my heart, but hey, I won’t be far… just right across the street! My time at THS has also prepared me for this position,” Smith said. “Without a doubt, I am ready!
“It is my belief that education is a partnership between the home, school, and community. All components must work together toward a common goal…preparing each student academically, physically, socially, and emotionally for the future that lies before them. I am dedicated to promoting a positive learning environment and ensuring that the educational process works for ALL students. I look forward to meeting with the staff, students, and families of TES in the near future as we prepare to make the 2020-2021 school year the best one yet!”
She and her husband, Russ Smith, a general contractor in the area, have two adult children and five grandchildren (the fifth arriving today, May 5).
Smith has been in education for 17 years. She has served the last three years as THS assistant principal and the 13 years prior to that as a first and third grade teacher at TES.
The 2020-2021 school year will be her 18th year in education.