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Ms. Stacy Smith

Arkansas Department of Education
Deputy Commissioner
Stacy Smith is a dedicated education professional currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner for the Arkansas Department of Education. With a passion for improving education in the state for all students and educators alike, she plays a pivotal role in shaping the state's educational landscape. With
an impressive career spanning over 29 years in the field of education, Stacy
brings a wealth of experience to her role. Her journey began as an educator in
the classroom and later as a building administrator where she spent over 20 years at the building level directly impacting the lives of
students and fostering a love for learning. Throughout her career, Stacy has
continuously demonstrated her commitment to educational excellence and student

In 2014, her
remarkable leadership qualities and expertise in curriculum and
instruction led her to take on various roles within the Department including Directior of Curriculum and Instruction and later as Assistant Commisioner for Learning Services. In recognition of her outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to
Arkansas students, Stacy was appointed as Deputy Commissioner in 2020. In this
esteemed position, she works closely with the Secretary of Education,
overseeing the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. Her influence
reaches far and wide, positively impacting schools and educators throughout the
state. Stacy's
passion for education and her desire to see Arkansas students soar to new
heights drives her every decision and action in her role. For her, serving in
this capacity is not just a job, but an honor and a deeply fulfilling mission.

My Speakers Sessions

Thursday, September 23

12:15pm CDT