At the college level
Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 12:05 pm
The Messenger 05.19.10
Among the 1,350 graduates at Arkansas State University’s recent spring commencement was Mitzi Harris Smith of Blytheville, Ark., who received a doctor of education degree in educational leadership.
She is the daughter of Ralph and Anne Stanbrough of Newbern.
She and her husband, Herb Smith (University of Tennessee at Martin Class of 1981), have two children who are also teachers. Their daughter, Ashley Gallant, is a third-grade teacher at Central Elementary School in Blytheville and their son, Chris Smith, is a teacher and coach at Obion County Central High School.
Dr. Smith, who has been a teacher and high school principal the past 28 years, also holds a bachelor of science degree in education from UT Martin (1981) and master of science degree in education from Arkansas State University. She is a graduate of Dyer County High School.
She completed her dissertation in “A Study of Leadership Styles That Leads to Academic Achievement of Hispanic Students.”
She taught English and Advanced Placement classes at Newport High School, South Pemiscot (Mo.) High School, Gosnell High School and Union City High School before becoming principal at South Mississippi County High School eight years ago. She has also served as a part-time instructor at Arkansas Northeastern College.
Dr. Smith will leave her position at South Missisippi County Schools on July 1 to become director of curriculum at another area school.
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Melinda Kay Holdeman of Union City graduated from the practical nursing program at the Tennessee Technology Center at Paris during spring graduation Friday.
Commencement exercises for the TTC’s W.J. Neese Campus were held in the KPAC Auditorium at Paris Elementary School.
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