Mr. Smith begins his 17th year at Greeley Central and his 23rd year in District 6. Overall he begins his 28th year teaching English. He has taught in a prison, in the People's Republic of China (Mr. Smith might be the only person to ever hit a golf ball off the Great Wall of China) and in California prior to moving to Colorado.
He was born in Southern California but raised in a Northern city called Walnut Creek, California. He attended Northgate High School, played football and basketball and graduated high school in 1980.
Mr. Smith chose to attend the University of Pacific in Stockton, California. He earned a scholarship to play football for four years at a Division I school and was an all-league selection his Senior year and voted team captain.
During college he crammed four years of study into five and graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a teaching degree. After college he tried out with two professional football teams--the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Express (of the then USFL). He didn't make either team. Currently Mr. Smith holds a Masters in Educational Leadership.
Together with his wife of nearly 25 years, he is raising a daughter--a recent graduate of DU--and a son in 11th grade.