Greetings Ola Family,
My name is Sparkle T. Smith, and I am excited about serving our community as an Assistant Principal for Ola Middle School (OMS). I look forward to working with all the students, parents, faculty, and staff, as we will be "Creating tomorrow's innovators today!"
The 2018-2019 school year will begin my 19th year working in the field of K-12 education. Previously working in DeKalb County, I have served as a Middle and High School mathematics teacher in grades 8th through 12th. In addition to diligently preparing lessons and providing instruction as a teacher, I was also afforded many leadership opportunities in serving as a High School the Works Facilitator, Career Academy Coordinator, Professional Learning Liaison, Mathematics Department Chairperson, School Improvement Liaison, SST/504 Chairperson, Academic Coach, and Assistant Principal of Discipline and Assessments.
As I believe that education is the foundation for being a productive citizen, I am dedicated to being a lifelong learner. I graduated from Columbia High School in DeKalb County. I then earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Concurrently, I earned my Masters of Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. As well, I received my Educational Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.
I currently live in Stockbridge with my husband, Michael and my daughter Kendall. In my spare time, I enjoy thrifting, engaging in community service, and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to meeting ALL of you during the school year and working with you to develop a nurturing school community that encourages academic success for each student through student-centered learning environments, engaging and relevant instruction, and creative collaboration between students, teachers, and the community.