“Heidi understands the importance of focusing on the whole child and works tirelessly to develop and nurture positive community and family relationships,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. “She has a strong belief in family engagement to create the best environment for students and their families. Heidi is a natural leader who masterfully combines patience, expertise, and an unparalleled enthusiasm and passion for teaching.”
Smith has almost 15 years of experience in education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Maryland and two master’s degrees from George Mason University in Educational Technology and Educational Leadership.
Smith began her career in teaching and at Arlington Public Schools in 2005 at Hoffman-Boston Elementary School and remained there until 2016 when she moved to the Department of Teaching and Learning as an Academic Support Teacher for Title I schools and then as assistant principal of Barcroft Elementary School in 2017.
She was extremely instrumental in implementing many school initiatives, community activities, and teacher professional development training during her time as a teacher at Hoffman-Boston and played a vital role in supporting efforts to increase student achievement, enhance instructional rigor, and build school morale. Smith was a co-facilitator of the STEM initiative group that was responsible for launching the instructional redesign of Hoffman-Boston as a STEM school.
Her appointment begins July 1.
Hoffman-Boston Elementary School is the home of the All Stars, a global community that sets high student and staff expectations. It boasts a strong program of after-school choices for students and enjoys strong community and parent involvement. For the past ten years, the school’s exemplary program Project Edison has focused teaching and learning on enhancing communication skills through technology and integration of the arts. Students have had daily opportunities to participate in real-life experiences that foster effective communication skills.