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Dr. Jared Smith is the Superintendent of the South Tama County School District in central Iowa. Jared holds a BA in Elementary and Middle Level Education from the University of Northern Iowa, an MS in Educational Leadership from National Louis University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University.


Jared has taught and coached at both the middle school and high school levels. Prior to taking his current role of superintendent, Jared worked as an assistant principal and principal for ten years. Jared is an award-winning blogger, the host of The Group Project Podcast, and recently released his first book - Learning Curve: Lessons Learned on Leadership, Education, and Personal Growth



A Prolific Writer Connecting With Words

AASA School Administrator Magazine (December)


Preventing Teacher Burnout

District Administration Magazine (November)


Best of the Blogs: What Have You Done For Me...

AASA School Administrator Magazine (November)

Podcast Interview with Adam Lane

Leading Lane Podcast (October)

Podcast Interview with George Couros

Innovator's Mindset Podcast (September)

Best of the Blogs: Power of Positive Feedback

AASA School Administrator Magazine (April)


STC Middle School Derecho Damage

KWWL Television (March)


Time Keeps on Slippin'...

Iowa ASCD Newsletter (February)


Top 10 Culture Hacks of 2020

Iowa ASCD Newsletter (January)


A Reason to be Grateful

Tama-Toledo News Chronicle (December)


Difficult Embrace of Constructive Criticism

AASA School Administrator Magazine (December)

Track Your Time

Iowa ASCD Newsletter (December)

South Tama County Hires Contact Tracer

ABC 5 Television (October)

Life is Full of Second Chances

Tama-Toledo News Chronicle (September)

Podcast Interview with Andrew Marotta

Surviving and Thriving Podcast (August)

Smith Pens Letter to Governor Reynolds

Tama-Toledo News Chronicle (August)

Supporting Staff Social Emotional Needs

2020 School Admins of Iowa Conference (August)


Promise to Graduates News Video

CBS 2/FOX 28 Television (May)

South Tama County Presentation

State of Iowa Gear Up Conference (February) 


Outgoing MHS Principal Reflects on Time

Muscatine Journal (May)

STC Names New Superintendent

South Tama County Website (April)


A Framework for Post-Secondary Preparation

State of Iowa Gear Up Conference (February)


Teacher Care - Why Does it Matter?

Keystone Premier Education Conference (August)

Strategies for Demonstrating Teacher Care

IASCD Newsletter Article (July)

Student Perceptions of Teacher Care

Iowa State University Dissertation (May)


Muscatine Teachers Paint to Learn

Muscatine Journal (August)


New MHS Principal Strives for Relationships

Muscatine Journal (July)