W. Richard Smith
W. Richard Smith has been recognised for his work as the deputy superintendent of the Sanger Unified School District, which serves more than 12 000 students and has a large population of minority and high-poverty students. Rich has worked in public education for more than 37 years. He has taught at the elementary and high school levels, served as a special education teacher and has extensive experience in English language development. He was principal of four elementary schools over a ten-year period, was a high school administrator for nine years and worked at the district office level for ten years as an assistant superintendent for human resources, associate superintendent for educational services and deputy superintendent.