by Sam Clanton
HOLLISTER, Mo. – Hollister School District announces the promotion of Kristina Smith as Director of Special Services next school year.
Smith has taught special education in Hollister since 2013, and currently serves as the special education process coordinator and the 504 coordinator.
Prior to coming to Hollister, Smith served as an elementary resource special education teacher and assistant junior high girls basketball coach at Seymour.
In a news release, Hollister Assistant Superintendent Sandy Leech says Smith has always been an outstanding advocate for students, and her passion for meeting the needs of all students makes her a great fit for this position.
Outside of the classroom, Smith has become very involved in efforts to prevent and treat colon rectal cancer, or CRC. During CRC Awareness Month last year, Smith served as Missouri’s ambassador for FightCRC, a national nonprofit, and was featured on the digital billboard at Times Square prior to testifying to Congress on the need for increased research.
More from the news release:
Smith expressed her reaction to her new role. “The vision of Hollister schools is reflected in their mission statement: ‘Every student will succeed, as success is our only option.’ I believe each and every student holds so much potential; watching them discover all of their greatness is truly one of life’s greatest gifts. I love that our Hollister community pulls together to take care of each other whenever there is a need. I’m honored to continue to be a part of that and serve the students and families of this district.”
Smith has one son, Porter, a pre-school student at the Hollister Early Childhood Center.