Matt Smith became interim Superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools on June 1, 2022, after more than a decade as an administrator at DMPS.
Smith is a native of Houston, TX and began his career in education in 1999 as a teacher with the Aldine Independent School District in North Houston. He was also a secondary school principal in the Livingston and San Angelo school districts before moving to Des Moines to become principal of North High School in 2010. In 2012, under Smith’s leadership, North High was selected as one of the College Board’s “Spotlight on Schools” for their efforts in increasing Advanced Placement courses and was named by the U.S. Department of Education as a “School of Focus” for its innovative use of School Improvement Grant funds for professional development.
Smith transitioned from building administration to the district office in 2013 as Executive Director of Learning Services before being promoted to Chief Schools Officer in 2014. During his tenure as Chief Schools Officer, DMPS received the prestigious Wallace Grant for the Principal Supervisor Initiative for which Smith served as Project Director and led the transformation of central office and the principal supervisor role to impact the instructional capacity of school leaders. In July of 2018, Smith was elevated to the position of Associate Superintendent at Des Moines Public Schools.
Smith has a BS in secondary education from Baylor University and a M.Ed in educational leadership from Sam Houston University.