Welcome, Principal Smith!

By Jay Pearson, Interim Assistant Superintendent, Region 4
April 11, 2019

Dear Lake Braddock High School Parents, Students, and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel W. Smith, principal of Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been named the new principal of Lake Braddock Secondary School.  His official start date is April 22, 2019.

Dr. Smith brings extensive experience to this leadership role, having served in school leadership positions since 2005.  At Kellam High School last year, Dr. Smith achieved the highest on-time graduation rate and lowest dropout rate in the history of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS).  Previously, Dr. Smith served as principal of Princess Anne High School and Corporate Landing Middle School in VBCPS.   In Page County Public Schools, he served as principal of Luray Middle School and Grove Hill Elementary School.  Prior to his appointment as a principal in 2007, he served as an assistant principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Shenandoah County Public Schools. 

Among his leadership accomplishments while serving as a principal, Dr. Smith implemented a one-to-one Chromebook program for all students and instructional staff utilizing a learning management system; coordinated and implemented the International Baccalaureate Program, middle years and diploma programs; and developed an innovative ‘Integrated STEM’ initiative, focused on interdisciplinary problem-based learning with an engineering focus.  He empowered teachers to create innovative interdisciplinary course offerings to make course content more relevant for students. Dr. Smith also facilitated and guided the turnaround of a school with an ‘accredited with warning’ designation which was recognized with Virginia’s “VIP Competence to Excellence Award” in 2007-2008.

His teaching career began in 2002 in Alaska in the Northwest Arctic Borough School District where he developed and implemented a physical education curriculum for middle school students.  His next teaching experience was at Ashby Lee Elementary School in Shenandoah County Public Schools, teaching kindergarten through fifth grade. 

Dr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science at James Madison University, his Master of Science at Shenandoah University, and his Doctor of Education at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Smith is a strong instructional leader who believes in promoting best practices for teaching and learning.  He builds collaborative relationships with staff, students, parents and community members wherever he has served.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Smith to Lake Braddock Secondary School.

Jay Pearson

Interim Assistant Superintendent, Region 4

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