Dr. Marion Smith Jr.

Marion Smith

Title: Deputy Superintendent of Academics
Company: St. Louis Public Schools
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Dr. Marion Smith Jr., deputy superintendent of academics at St. Louis Public Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational administration.

Dr. Smith brings over 20 years of experience leading and managing complex organizational growth and change in PK-12 education, post-secondary institutions and EdTech. He has a tested and proven track record of deepening adult professional learning to close opportunity and achievement gaps while strengthening student educational outcomes. He has honed his career in diverse ethnic, linguistic, cultural and socioeconomic settings in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada; North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Seattle, Washington; Summit County, Colorado and the city of St. Louis, Missouri where he has served and supported school districts and educational communities with enrollment ranging from 50 – 420,000 students.

Dr. Smith began his tenure as deputy superintendent of academics / chief academic officer of St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) in July 2021. In this role, he has primary authority and accountability for the district’s educational programming with an emphasis on learning, teaching, school improvement and student achievement. He provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for the district’s Academic Division which includes the departments of Academics in Movement, Curriculum & Instruction, College & Career Readiness, Career & Technical Education, Early Childhood Education, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) / Migrant Education, Gifted & Talented Education, Professional Development, School Leadership, Special Education, StL Plan Peer Assistance & Review, and Virtual Learning impacting over 20,000+ PK-12 scholars across 60+ schools.

Prior to joining SLPS, Dr. Smith served as the superintendent of schools of Summit School District in Summit County, Colorado, where he led the district during the start of the global pandemic, oversaw the learning of 3,400 students and supported over 650 employees with an annual general operating budget of $42 million. He was the first Black administrator and first Black superintendent in the 150-year history of the school district. Additionally, as a leader of adult professional learning, Dr. Smith is the founder of Educate to Liberate Consulting (E2LC) and the co-author of the Racial Equity Adaptive Leadership (R.E.A.L.) Framework. Dr. Smith was drawn to his profession due to his belief in the transformative power of education. Many people throughout the world have encountered systemic and institutional barriers to a quality education due to race, socioeconomic status and language acquisition and he remains unapologetic about his life’s work to dismantle and reimagine the inequitable systems, policies and procedures that have created this situation.

Dr. Smith is a former public school K-12 student, performing arts high school graduate, and first-generation college student. His scholarship includes a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and a master’s degree in Education Administration & Supervision with K-12 Principal Certification from the University of Phoenix- Las Vegas campus. He earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership & Change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA, and pursued post-doctoral studies in Executive Leadership at Seattle University (Seattle U) earning Washington State Superintendent Certification. In 2016, Dr. Smith attended the Harvard Institute for Superintendents and District Leaders, and was an inaugural graduate of The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Urban Superintendents Academy at the University of Southern California (USC)– a cross-institutional partnership that offers a dynamic approach to urban superintendent preparation and certification to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas. A life-long learner, in 2022 Dr. Smith began his studies as a law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University majoring in Human Resources and Employment Law.

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