Amanda Smith is in her first year as principal at Seagoville High School. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she previously served as an assistant principal at Young Women’s STEAM Academy.
How did you get in your line of work?
I use to coach volleyball and tutor at Cesar Chavez Learning Center when I was in college for my work-study program. I was going to school for Sports Management however, there was just a fire inside of me the was ignited every time I worked with students. My senior year, I decided to join Teach for America and pursue my true purpose in life. Fast forward, here I am today leading as a Distinguished, Determined, Driven Dragon!
What’s been your greatest career moment to date?
Changing the mindset of one of my toughest students my last year of teaching. They went from wanting to dropout to now being in college studying Communications. We have stayed in touch since graduation and they thank me for never giving up on them and motivating them to believe in themselves.
Are you a native Texan? (where from?)
I was born in Dallas Texas where I spent the first several years of my life and later moved to Anna, TX where I later graduated from High School.
What’s your fondest childhood memory?
Going to get ice cream with my parents each Sunday after church
What’s your favorite area restaurant?
What’s your favorite movie?
13 Going on 30
Tell our readers about your family.
I have been happily married to my husband, Brandon, for five years. We have a daughter, Zoey, who is two and a half years-old, and a son, Braxton, who is seven months-old, and a fur baby, Zeke, who is four years-old.
What are your hobbies?
Trying new restaurants, crafting, spending time with family, reading, and gardening
If you were on a deserted island, what is the one item you couldn’t live without?
Tell our readers something about you they would never guess to be true.
I am working to eat vegetables/eat healthy. My diet is not the best which surprises most people when they see my size and how I eat. I’ve been this size since high school, but I am working to be healthier!