Raymond Stubblefield - Principal
Mr. Stubblefield begins his twenty-ninth year as an educator and his fourteenth year as a principal in the fall of 2016. Throughout his career, Mr. Stubblefield has served as a social studies teacher, program director and assistant principal. Before being name as principal at Smith Academy, Mr. Stubblefield served as principal at Stephens Elementary (2005-2015) and Mendel Elementary (2003-2005).
Mr. Stubblefield is a native Houstonian and grew up in Aldine. He graduated from MacArthur High School in 1984 before attending Angelo State University (1988). He obtained a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston (1999) and has twice been selected as Aldine ISD's Elementary Principal of the Year.
Some of Mr. Stubblefield's favorite books from childhood include the Curious George series, Frog and Toad, and the World Book Encyclopedia. He enjoys reading poetry, the Sunday New York Times, and professional books about improving teaching and learning.
He is curious about connecting seemingly random facts, organizational psychology, urban education, and politics. This is his favorite phrase as he takes on the role of Lead Learner at Smith Academy:
If not now, when? If not us, who? If not here, where?
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Daphne Johnson-Thomas - Assistant Principal
Ms. Daphne Johnson-Thomas graduated from Eisenhower High School and attended Smith Academy as a child. Smith was known as Inwood Elementary at the time. After earning a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Prairie View A&M University, Ms. Thomas began her teaching career at Smith Academy in 1992. She has spent twenty-two of the past twenty-three years at Smith and has been Smith's Teacher of the Year. She has served as a teacher, math skills specialist, testing coordinator and writing specialist. For one year she served as the Title 1 Program Director. Ms. Thomas also earned her Masters in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University. She assumed her current role as assistant principal in 2008.
In her spare time, Ms. Thomas enjoys horseback riding, baking, camping, spending time with family and traveling. She is curious about disparities in our healthcare system, dreams, the universe and creation.
Some of her favorite books for children include Danny and the Dinosaur, Hansel and Gretel, and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. She also includes Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Scarlet Letter among her favorite books.
Joyce Evans - Assistant Principal
Mrs. Evans is returning to Smith Academy this year after serving as the assistant principal at Stephens Elementary. Throughout her 25 years in education, Mrs. Evans has served as a Language Arts teacher, skills specialist, program director and assistant principal. During her service at Bethune Academy, she was named the campus Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Evans received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 1990 and her Master's Degree in Education from Sam Houston State University in 1996.
Mrs. Evans has an extensive background in Language Arts and literacy instruction, serving as a trainer for New Jersey Writing (Abydos). During her tenure as program director, Mrs. Evans authored the district's Language Arts curriculum.
Among her many duties are leading the Language Arts instructional teams as well as supports and services provided through small group interventions (RtI).
Mrs. Evans is interested in reading, writing, education, exercise, friends, and family. Some of her favorite books include To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margeny Williams.
She is curious about teaching students authentically and helping teachers be their best.
Joyce Lewis - Assessment Coordinator
Joyce Lewis has been working at Smith Academy since 2001 and has been in education since 1976. She has a Bachelor degree from Seton Hall.
Ms. Lewis is interested in activities with her family, writing, word puzzles, and bowling. Some of her favorite books include I by Prisallia Shiner and Living by the Book by Howard & William Hendricks.
She is curious about how much a student can grow academically when properly challenged.
Lynne Germany - Diagnostician
Lynne Germany has been working in education since 1982. She has earned a Bachelor Degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology from the University of Wyoming and a Masters in Special Education from Sam Houston State University.
Mrs. Germany grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania & Green Rivers, Wyoming. She is interested in traveling and being with her grandchildren. Some of her favorite books include Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dosteyevsky and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
Deniese Smith - Counselor
Deniese Smith has worked in the field of education since 2003 and currently serves as the school counselor at Smith Academy. Ms. Smith has served as a language arts teachers and dyslexia specialist prior to coming to Smith Academy.
Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Houston in Clear Lake in December 2002, her Masters of Education in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2011, and her Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Saint Thomas in 2015. Ms. Smith is an active member of Delta Kappa Pi and the American School Counseling Association.
In her spare time, Ms. Smith enjoys traveling, spending time with family, going to the movies, and working with the youth. Ms. Smith is curious about rock climbing.
Some of her favorite books are Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers, Love You Forever by Robert Musnch, The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, and Enemy Pie by Derek Munson.
Schantale McGhee - Intervention Specialist
Schantale McGhee is beginning her second year at Smith Academy and has been working in education since 2004. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University.
Mrs. McGhee is from Houston, Texas and is interested in traveling, trying new restaurants, reading, listening to music, and enjoying good company. Some of her favorite books include Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandra Dumas.
She is curious about the future.