Dr. Stephen Smith
"Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labors of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received." ~Albert Einstein
I am delighted to serve as the director, and one of the faculty, at CVGS!
My previous work experience includes serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Lynchburg City Schools, working as an elementary principal, a middle and high school math teacher, a supervisor for math, science, and gifted education, and a biochemistry instructor in the Summer Governor's School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Lynchburg College. I have also taught several graduate-level courses at Lynchburg College including EDHD 609: Reseach Methods and Applications, EDLS 636: Applications in Educational Technology, EDLS 643: The Principalship and LS 802: Quantitative Research Methods. I have taught Math 208 at Randolph College as well.
I currently teach the senior Connections in Mathematics course as well as the statistics portion of Junior Research. In my teaching I enjoy using emerging technologies, direct instruction with mnemonic devices and graphic organizers, and active learning with group and project-based work to enhance understanding and recall.
- Lynchburg College, B.S. with a joint major in Biology and Chemistry
- Lynchburg College, Collegiate Professional Teaching Certificate with endorsements in Biology, Chemistry, and Secondary Mathematics
- Lynchburg College, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
- University of Virginia, Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision with endorsements in preK-12 Administration and Supervision and the Virginia Division Superintendent License
I grew up in Ohio as the sixth of seven children. I moved to Lynchburg in 1985 to attend Lynchburg College. I am married to a truly gifted teacher, Meg Smith, who was recognized as the Virginia State Teacher of the Year for 2012, and who currently serves as an instructional coach with the Lynchburg City Schools.
We have two children, of whom we are very proud. Harrison graduated from CVGS and Heritage High School in 2012 and in 2016 from Lynchburg College. Cassie graduated from CVGS and Heritage High in 2015, and she is currently a pre-vet major at Virginia Tech. My pasttimes include playing cards and games, reading, shooting pool, and almost any activity that includes spending time with family and friends.
Steve and Meg in Raleigh (March 2010)
The Smiths at the Grand Canyon (April 2009)
Smiths and Alcorns (Summer 2004)
Pike's Peak (Spring 2005)
The Seven Smith Kids and Mom (Castle's Wedding 2005)
More than a Few Favorite Quotes
“Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.”
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”
~ Jim Rohn
“Man was created with two ends -- one for thinking and one for sitting -- the amount you progress in life is directly related to how much you use each.
Heads you win, tails you lose.”
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.”
“Let me tell you the secret to my success. My success lies solely in my tenacity.”
“Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. But treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, and he will become what he ought to be and could be.”
“Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.”
~Henry Ford (1863-1947)
“Do, or do not. There is no 'try'.”
~Yoda ('The Empire Strikes Back')
“If you are going through hell, keep going.”
~Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.”
“Well done is better than well said.”
~Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
~Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
“It ain’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble; it's what we know that ain’t so.”
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece - by thought, choice, courage and determination."
“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. The ripple effect of enthusiasm and optimism is awesome. So is the impact of cynicism and pessimism. Those who whine and blame engender those same behaviors among their colleagues. There has to be a gung-ho attitude that says “we can change things here, we can achieve awesome goals, we can be the best.” Spare me the grim litany of the “realist,” give me the unrealistic aspirations of the optimist any day.”
~General Colin Powell
“When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something.”
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If you see a snake, just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes.”
~H. Ross Perot
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.”
“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
“I have yet to find a man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.”
“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”
“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a person’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a person humanized or de-humanized.”
“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul."
~Joseph Addison, essayist and poet (1672-1719)
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that she is someone today.”
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
~George S. Patton