East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Face of Public Education
When asked about his motivation for his career as a lifelong educator, Adam Smith smiles fondly recalling, Mr. Jackson, his former high school social studies teacher. As a teenager, he was certain of one thing: he wanted to teach social studies to be “just like Mr. Jackson.” More importantly, he wanted to answer a calling that would leave a meaningful, lifelong, positive impression while serving others.
As a veteran educator with over 23 years of experience–all in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Adam Smith has risen through the ranks, serving in multiple roles as a teacher, school administrator, district leader and now Interim Superintendent of Schools. Originally from Chicago, Mr. Smith and his wife of over 28 years are the proud parents of four children, all of whom are EBR Schools graduates. As a father and now grandfather, Adam Smith’s overarching approach is simple–make decisions that best serve all children–just as he would for his own. Over the years, Mr. Smith recalls a variety of changes in public education and particularly within the EBRP School System. When asked about the recent state of education, he is hopeful and optimistic about the opportunities for change and innovation that lie ahead.
“Now more than ever, we are increasing focus on individual student needs on and off campus; specifically, how they progress both academically and socially,” says Smith. “Throughout COVID, we have placed intentional focus on Internet connectivity, child nutrition, and resources for all students to succeed, especially those most at risk of falling behind. It is crucial to help our families and students overcome the challenges of transitioning between virtual and face-to-face learning environments to avoid disruptions wherever possible.”
The school system is home to unique, innovative, and award-winning programming inclusive of Magnet, Montessori, foreign language immersion, fine arts, and gifted education classes. Mr. Smith’s goal is for every school in every neighborhood of the district to offer something unique while continuing to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of all families.
“Every family deserves access to a premier, dynamic school community that fosters character building and student achievement. I’m deeply inspired and proud of our educators for not letting this pandemic slow down this important progress. Our commitment to children prevails,” Smith says.
As a champion of teachers, students and staff across the district, Mr. Smith invites the community into the schools to get to know the district firsthand. “We want to be the first choice for our families across this city. It’s what I wanted for my children, my grandchildren, and what I want for all children.” Smith encourages the community to join EBR Schools on its journey to “Building the Future of Baton Rouge.”