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Administration Team

Ida Carter - Campus Principal

Image result for ida carterSmith is excited to welcome Principal Carter!
Ida Carter is a proud product of the Houston Independent School District. She is a graduate of DeBakey High School for Health Professions. Principal Carter earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Prairie View A&M University and a Masters of Education in Administration & Supervision from the University of Houston.

Prior to joining the Smith Team, Mrs. Carter taught at Jesse H. Jones High School and North Houston Early College High School where she also served as the Magnet Coordinator. She began her career in administration at Barbara Jordan High School for Careers.

You can contact her at: [email protected]


Daphne Johnson-Thomas - Assistant Principal

Ms. ThomasMs. Daphne Johnson-Thomas graduated from Eisenhower High School and attended Smith Elementary as a child. Smith Elementary 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 Elementary in 1992. She has spent twenty-four of the past twenty-five 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.


 Mary Alyson Crismon - Assistant Principal

Mrs. CrismonMary Crismon is beginning her second year at Smith Academy and has been working in education since 2002. She has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University.

Mrs. Crismon is from Houston, TX and enjoys reading and swimming. She enjoyed reading the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling and the Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien.

She is curious about other countries and best practices in education. Contact her at [email protected]


She is curious about teaching students authentically and helping teachers be their best.


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Alicia Stamps - Counselor 

Alicia StampsHi spectacular Stallions! My name is Alicia Stamps and this is my second year as the counselor at Smith Elementary.  As your counselor, I am here to help you with issues that relate to school, friends, growth mindset and much more.  Please feel free to visit me,  as my door is always open for students and families.  

Contact her at [email protected]  

Daphne Johnson-Thomas - Assistant Principal

Daphne Johnson-Thomas

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 Letteramong her favorite books.



Daphne Johnson-Thomas - Assistant Principal

Daphne Johnson-Thomas

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 Letteramong her favorite books.


Deniese Smith - Counselor

Deniese SmithDeniese Smith has eleven years of teaching experience. She will begin her first year 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 MusnchThe Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, and Enemy Pie by Derek Munson.