New LES principal a former Eagle
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
A former graduate of Lanesville Junior-Senior High School is leading the future generation of graduates, as Jeff Smitley soars into his first year of leadership with the corporation as the elementary school principal.
Smitley took the lead for the current school year after Lisa Hammond, the former principal for six years, retired.
Before he was hired as the LES principal, Smitley served three years as the principal at St. John’s Lutheran School. Prior to that, he was a teacher in the Lanesville, South Harrison and Salem school corporations.
As a member of the community of Lanesville, along with his wife of 13 years and two children, Smitley said he feels a great love for the area as a whole, the education system it provides and the opportunities it paves the way for, something he hopes to continue the culture of.
“The reputation of the school’s administration and teaching staff is incredible,” Smitley said. “To be a part of a team like that is more than any educator could ask for. This is a place that has great history and tradition, and to help continue that tradition and to be a part of this growing legacy would be fantastic.”
Smitley has shared at the school corporation’s board of trustees’ meetings that he is proud of each of the students, nearly 400, for what they have been able to accomplish during the year amid COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions and is looking forward to what they are able to accomplish as a team in the future.
“With COVID still making its presence known, it is going to be necessary to get through the school year with as little impact to the students’ education as possible,” Smitley said. “Other than that, I am looking forward to working with our staff and students and seeing what amazing things are happening in the building.”