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Dr. Robbie Smith Named District 8 Middle School Principal of the Year

by Susie Ellison | Nov 20, 2018


Hartselle, Ala
:  Dr. Robbie Smith, principal of Hartselle Jr. High School, has been named District 8 Middle School Principal of the Year and one of three finalists for the Alabama Middle School Principal of the Year Award.  

Robbie Smith is entering her twenty-sixth year in education. She began her career as a teacher and coach at Arab High School before transferring to Danville High School as a guidance counselor for eleven years. She then moved to the position of ACCESS Distance Learning Assistant Coordinator in Madison City, followed by one year as assistant principal and one year as interim principal at Heritage Elementary. Dr. Smith served two years as principal of Discovery Middle School before becoming the principal at Hartselle Junior High where recently began her sixth year.

Dr. Smith holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Phoenix along with Master’s Certification in School Administration from Jacksonville State University. Additionally, she has earned her MS in Secondary Education, MS Certification in School Counseling, and a BS in Biology with a minor in English.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this prestigious recognition from District 8. We have so many great things going on in Alabama’s schools, and I am proud to work with other outstanding administrators in our district. This is ultimately a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the teachers and staff of Hartselle Junior High. We truly have the best students and community, so this award is a tribute to all of these people,” said Dr. Smith.

“We are excited about Dr. Smith and this honor,” said Dee Dee Jones, Superintendent of Hartselle City Schools.

Dr. Smith was interviewed by a selection committee at the 2018 AASSP/AAMSP Fall Conference in November and was selected as one of three finalists for the Middle School Principal of the Year Award. The other two finalists are Andrea Dennis of CL Scarborough Middle School in Mobile, AL; and Chris Hanson of Piedmont Middle School in Piedmont, AL.  One overall winner will be chosen as the Middle School Principal of the Year, which will be announced at the beginning of December.

Thank you to Jostens for their continued support and recognition of outstanding Alabama public school administrators.

(For more information, contact Susie Ellison, CLAS Communications Coordinator, at 334.265.3610 or at

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