Director, Reconciliation, National Network for Safe Communities
Paul David Smith is an educator and researcher. He has spent his adult life educating young people as a classroom teacher, mentor and community leader focusing on social justice and community empowerment. He has been honored as A Distinguished Educator by the National Society of High School Scholars. He is currently completing his PhD in Global Studies with a concentration in Leadership. Paul served in Chattanooga as a teacher and senior advisor at Tyner High School for eight years. He was assigned as assistant principal trainee at Orchard Knob Middle School. He later served as Executive Principal of Howard High School, Howard Middle School and the Kirby Learning Center where under his leadership, the Middle School program made the required Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind Act and the High School improved the graduation rate from 46% to 88% and made significant gains in academics. Paul was recruited by the City of Chattanooga Tennessee as its Public Safety Coordinator and served there for three years before joining the National Network For Safe Communities at John Jay College in New York City where he currently serves as the Director of Reconciliation. His organizational goals are unity and excellence. Paul is a husband and father who is dedicated to his family. Paul is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.