Greenwich principal will be Wilton’s new assistant superintendent
Wilton’s new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction will be Charles Smith, currently principal of the North Street Elementary School in Greenwich. He will take over for Tim Canty, who is leaving to join the Darien school district, on July 1.
Dr. Smith has been principal at North Street School since 2008 and has been with the Greenwich district since 1997. A press release from the Greenwich district said “ Dr. Smith has made considerable contributions to the Greenwich Public Schools serving as a founding member of both the District Data Team and the Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning Committee. Additionally, for the past year he was able to share his experience and talents as he mentored and supported his principal colleagues as Lead Principal.
“It has been a tremendous honor to work for the Greenwich Public Schools for the past 16 years,” Dr. Smith said in the press release. “Although I am looking forward to the challenges of a new position in a new school system, I will miss the support and friendship of my colleagues here in Greenwich, and I will especially miss my daily interactions with students and parents. I am truly privileged to have been a part of this amazing learning community.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. William S. McKersie said, “Dr. Smith’s acceptance of the Wilton position is certainly a loss for our district, especially for the students. It is, however, a great opportunity for Dr. Smith and the Wilton staff and students will benefit from his excellent leadership. We congratulate him on this appointment and wish him the best in his future endeavors”
Deputy Superintendent Ellen Flanagan noted Dr. Smith’s “extensive knowledge of instruction and assessment,” and described him as ”a highly valued and respected educator whose pedagogical expertise will be sorely missed.”
Dr. Smith first came to Greenwich as a program administrator/coordinator for special education.
He began his career in 1981 as a special education teacher at Intermediate School 195, Roberto Clemente School for the Arts in New York City. After two years, he became an education evaluator for the New York City Board of Education, Districts 2 and 5. In 1983, Dr. Smith joined the staff at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Over the next four years he had various roles with Teachers College as clinical supervisor, research associate, principal investigator, and student teaching supervisor. In 1987 he took the position of principal with The Shield Institute in Flushing, N.Y.
From 1995 to 1997, Dr. Smith was the educational administrator for the Western Queens Developmental School in Long Island City, N.Y. before coming to Greenwich in 1997.
Dr. Smith has been recognized for his contributions in the field receiving the Greenwich PTA’s Special Education Services Award in 2002, the Special Education Learning Disabilities Institute Award in 1983, and the Exemplary Service Award, N.Y.C. Board of Education in 1983.
Dr. Smith received his B.A. in psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook in 1979; his M.A. in special education in 1980, his Ed.M. in reading and learning disabilities in 1984, and his Ed.D. in educational administration in 1989 from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, N.Y.