John Drugan School assistant principal Melissa Smith | Photo courtesy SISD
John Drugan School assistant principal Melissa Smith was named the Region 19 2021 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Administrator Association.
Smith, who has been an educator for nine years, was nominated for the award by her TEPSA peers. She was one of 20 assistant principals who earned the regional titles for their commitment to student learning and exceptional school leadership.
She said it is an honor to receive the accolade and to represent Region 19, especially after all the hard work she and her colleagues did to navigate through the unprecedented school year amid the pandemic.
“The virtual technology this year was a real challenge for us,” Smith said. “I think what was really difficult was the different levels of understanding for our teachers, and, for ourselves as administrators, how well we understood technology and how we were putting it into play.”
Though working through tech issues and new ways of meeting virtually were difficult, Smith and her colleagues overcame the adversity by working together and interacting.
“We maintain great communication, and we are out there supporting each other,” she said. “I think in our community, especially in SISD, the support is here through our district leaders and through our principals. Everybody makes themselves available to support each other and I think that’s what makes us very successful.”
As an assistant principal and longtime educator, Smith said she works toward the district’s vision of ensuring students are Tomorrow’s Leaders Learning Today.
“We want to make sure that what we are doing, we are doing with our hearts and that we are looking out for our community, the children and their families,” Smith said.