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9-13-18 — Frontier Trail Middle School Principal Honored

Sept. 13, 2018 ~ The Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals has recognized Frontier Trail Middle School Principal Rod Smith with the Middle School Principal of the Year award. This award recognizes outstanding middle and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession. Each year, the state winners are submitted for consideration to be the National Principal of the Year.

photo of principal Rod Smith in hallway “Dr. Smith’s success as a principal is due to many factors, but the one that stands out the most is his strong relationships with students, staff and parents,” Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Dr. Jim McMullen said. “Dr. Smith is energetic, visible and passionate about providing students the best middle level experience they can have.”

Smith has been in education for 26 years, 20 of which have been as a principal. He has served as Frontier Trail principal for 9 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from MidAmerica Nazarene University, his master’s in educational administration from Emporia State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Baker University.

“It is an honor to be surrounded by outstanding educators at Frontier Trail Middle School.  All the credit goes to the teachers and staff for helping build a positive experience for our students,” Smith said.