Dr. Garett M. Smith
Dr. Smith has dedicated more than 25 years in service to public education. Before coming to Staunton City Schools as division superintendent in 2017, he garnered a broad range of experience through his work in various central office leadership positions and principal roles at both the middle and elementary school levels, in addition to his service as a classroom teacher.
In keeping with his passion for teaching, he served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and at Old Dominion University for over 10 years. Through this opportunity, Dr. Smith enjoyed helping other public school teachers and administrators to enhance their skills and to better engage their students, thereby improving student experiences and outcomes. In 2017, Dr. Smith was named the Old Dominion University Adjunct Professor of the Year in recognition of his outstanding service in this role.
Dr. Smith earned an undergraduate degree from University of Virginia, a master’s degree from Marymount University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia. His wife, Wendy, is also an educator and is currently serving as an ESL teacher. They have two children: Andrew, who is a recent graduate of UVA, and Caroline, who is a student at JMU.