Connie J. Smith to address TTU fall graduates

teacher who has devoted her 30-plus-year career to improving education in Tennessee will address Tennessee Tech University graduates during fall commencement.

Connie J. Smith, assistant commissioner of accountability, teaching and learning for the State of Tennessee Department of Education, will be the featured speaker at the ceremonies that begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Hooper Eblen Center.

Smith has been in education for 32 years as a special education teacher in Tullahoma, a special education supervisor in Wilson County, a principal in New York City, and as an assistant superintendent. She has worked with Tennessee school board members in professional development/strategic planning training and has taught in several colleges and universities.

For the past 15 years, she has been in the Tennessee Department of Education working with development of a statewide initiative in school improvement planning and accountability and combining state approval and regional accreditation practices.   Prior to that she worked in the department in the development of the Career Ladder and was director of the original Tennessee Academy for School Leaders, serving as executive director of assessment and accountability.

Smith earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Tennessee Tech University, an Ed.S. in psychology and special education from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate from Columbia University in New York City.

While in New York, she was employed by the New York Academy of Medicine to develop the National School Health Curriculum and was also an Effective Schools Principal and researcher.

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