Dexter Elementary's new principal comes from Faith Middle

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 1, 2014 

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity Edwina Smith has been promoted from Faith Middle School assistant principal to Dexter Elementary School principal at Fort Benning.

Faith Middle School assistant principal Edwina Smith has been promoted to principal of Dexter Elementary School at Fort Benning.

Smith started her new position this week.

"I'm ecstatic," she said Tuesday. "I'm excited about being a part of the Dexter family. My goal is to support a collaborative learning environment to impact the highest achievement for all students."

Smith has worked for 26 years in Department of Defense Education Activity schools at all levels: elementary, middle and high. Her career has taken her to Louisiana, Colorado, Germany, Japan and South Korea. Her positions have included math and computer science teacher, guidance counselor and virtual school assistant principal before spending the past year at Faith.

With the mission of educating military dependents, Smith wants to provide a stable environment amid lives challenged by change.

"Initially, I was a military wife, and I got an interest and passion about supporting the students and their families," she said. "The students are resilient, but you have to support them because their parents are putting their lives on the line every day to ensure we have certain freedoms. I feel obligated and honored to support them by educating their children."

Smith is a native of New York City. She graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science education. Sje earned her master's degree in counseling from the University of Maryland.

"I am thrilled to have Ms. Smith as the new principal for Dexter Elementary School," Christy Cabezas, the DoDEA Georgia/Alabama District superintendent, said in a news release. "She is a caring and transformational leader. She has successful administrative experience as an instructional leader and understands the importance of developing relationships with students, parents, educators and command."

Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow Mark on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.

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