Garfield Asst. Principal Hire Rounds Out Leadership Team
The Lakewood Board of Education approved Ouimet Smith, Shaker Heights Schools’ Director of Student Affairs, as the new Assistant Principal at Garfield Middle School. He replaces Tony Chiaravalle, who is moving to Lakewood High as a House Principal.
In his role as Director of Student Affairs, Smith worked with students and families to find positive approaches and solutions to challenges students face in as they pursue their education. Smith instituted a successful Family and Community Engagement program at Shaker.
“I am so excited to get to work at Garfield Middle School. I cannot wait to meet the students, parents, and staff. I am so fortunate to be a part of the Lakewood City Schools community,” Smith said.
Before his role as Student Affairs Director, Smith was an Assistant Principal at two different Shaker schools, a middle school Language Arts teacher, and coached baseball, basketball, and football. In all his positions, Smith’s goal was to be a positive influence on the students with whom he worked.
Smith earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan, his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Cleveland State University, and is currently working on completing his Doctoral degree in Urban Studies, also from Cleveland State University. He also holds a Superintendent’s license.