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    Principal Ty Smith
    Ty Smith

    Hello Colin Powell Academy Parents/Guardians and Students,

        My name is Ty Smith and I am excited to introduce myself as the new Principal at Colin Powell K-8 Academy. I am honored to have been selected and I am looking forward to working as a team with our Powell students, their families and the community.

       My passion for education and supporting success for all students has been shaped over the past 17 years in the Long Beach Unified School District. I started out as a college aide in 2000 at Riley Elementary School, I was then hired as a teacher in 2001, and taught English for twelve years at the middle and high school levels. In addition to teaching, I have held positions such as department head, lead teacher, pathway lead/facilitator, Female Leadership Academy Coordinator, and many other duties. In my most recent assignment, I was an Assistant Principal at Long Beach Poly for the past four years. In each of my roles, I have sought to ensure the success of each student and the school by showing up each day with the intention of doing my best to provide stellar instructional and extracurricular opportunities. A well- rounded education means outstanding instruction from top-notch teachers, as well as extracurricular opportunities and supports that enable students to develop character, cultivate passions, and explore the world outside of the classroom. My goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy and safe, so that they may learn as much as they can.

       Along with being impassioned about education, family is essential to me and I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, including five children who all attended school in LBUSD. For leisure, I enjoy traveling, reading, and organizing. My educational history includes a Bachelor’s degree in English, a single subject teaching credential in English, an Administrative Services Credential, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling.

       As a student, I cannot remember one teacher that made an impression on me. I have made it my purpose to make a lasting impact on every student that I encounter. As educators, we are given a unique opportunity to be of profound influence and if we use this opportunity, we can have a lasting impact on the lives of students and their families. An excellent education is not possible without the great collaboration of students, parents, and staff. I look forward to shaping relationships, growing professionally, and building community with all of you.


    Ty Smith, Principal

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