About Dr. Shawn Smith

Dr. Smith is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his formal education from the Indianapolis Public School system (IPS) and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University – Bloomington. Dr. Smith completed an Ed.S. and a Ph.D. at Indiana State University in Educational Leadership. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree program, he taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools as well as the MSD of Washington Township.
In 1995, he began his administrative career in the MSD of Washington Township, where he served as both an Assistant Principal and Principal. While Principal at Eastwood Middle School (1998-2003), the school was awarded the coveted Four Star School Award by the State of Indiana. Dr. Smith was named District Principal of the Year in 2003 by the Indiana Principal’s Association and served as President of the Indiana Association of School Principals – District 7 (Indianapolis) between 2006 and 2008.
In 2003, he left Washington Township to join the MSD of Pike Township to be the Principal of Pike High School Freshman Center. During his time in Pike Township, he has served as a Principal,  Director of Student & Community Services, and as the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. In 2014, he was selected as Superintendent of Schools for the MSD of Lawrence Township. The MSD of Lawrence Township has over 16,000 students and is the 9th largest school district in the state of Indiana. Dr. Smith has 32 years of experience in the field of education and today, he is still a passionate educators whose first love is teaching Social Studies.
Dr. Smith has served on several community Boards. American Heart Association, Communities in Schools, Connor Prairie, YMCA Fort Benjamin Harrison, and the Northeast Indianapolis Rotary Club. Currently, he is the President-Elece of the Indiana Urban Schools Association. He also served as President of the Indiana University School of Education Alumni Board from 2009 to  2011 and sat on the Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis Library Board. In additiona, he is an Indiana University Tobias Fellow and member of the Tobias Leadership Network. He is also a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
He is not only committed to educating students and serving the community, he is also dedicated to his family. He is the proud father of three adult children, Olivia, Maya and Jordan.

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