Welcome, Joel Smith as our new principal. For his professional background, he graduated from the University of Michigan – Flint, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology. Additionally, Mr. Smith earned a Master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. He also holds an Education Specialist degree from the University of Michigan – Flint. Recently, Mr. Smith served two years as the assistant principal at Hastings High School. Prior to that, he was a language arts teacher and department chair for ten years at Linden Middle School.
Mr. Smith lives in Hastings with his wife, Kay, and three daughters: Penelope, Isabelle, and Josephine. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies with his wife, playing with his kids, and walking his dog, Maggie. He also enjoys reading, playing games, and going up north with his family. Mr. Smith is very excited to be a part of the Valley, and is looking forward to the start of a new school year!