Barbara Smith has worked in a variety of educational roles in the past 36 years a a teacher and instructor in elementary, secondary and teacher education settings at the University of Toronto, McGill University and the University of Saskatchewan. Barb worked as the Vice Principal, Academic Program at the Sterling Hall School in Toronto, as well as the Curriculum Coordinator at Havergal College and the International School of Brussels. She worked as Principal, William E. Doar, Jr. Performing Arts School in Washington, DC. Barb also played a key role in the development of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit, Michigan and the Middleburg Community Charter School.
Barb holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in Curriculum and Teacher Development, as well as a Master’s degree in curriculum from the University of Saskatchewan. She was the co-author of Mining for Gems: A Casebook of Exceptional Practices in Teaching and Learning, a resource developed to support school improvement in independent schools across Canada. Barb is also a Level 2 certified Gymnastics coach and former NCCP course conductor and spends as much time as she can at her family cottage in Bolger, Ontario (east of Parry Sound). It was at Camp Tanamakoon that Barb learned to appreciate canoe tripping and the outdoors. Barb currently works as an international education consultant for ZPD Curriculum and School Design. Smith is passionate about being involved in building an ideal school where student engagement leads to learning that not only endures, but drives the need to innovate, invent and be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.