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Smith to Retire Following 37 Years in Education

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The close of the 2023-2024 school year will mark the end of a 37-year career for Mansfield educator, Tina Smith.

Smith obtained a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech in 1987, and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1992. Her teaching career spans from a first-year high school math teacher at Dardanelle followed by nine years with the Waldron School District. Smith would go on to serve as assistant high school principal in Waldron for five more years, then as high school principal at Mansfield High School for an additional 11 years. Smith is concluding her career at Mansfield having served 11 years as federal programs/district test coordinator at Mansfield.

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Tina Smith was joined by her family at a gathering in her honor on Monday evening, May 20. Back row, from left: Laura Smith, Mike Smith, Jared Smith, Alex Abernathy, and Chris Abernathy. Front row, from left: Everleigh Smith, Leighton Smith, Tina Smith, Taylor Abernathy, and Betsy Abernathy.

One of the highlights of her career, the initial opportunity to serve in administration at Waldron. Additionally, “signing the high school diploma of both of my children (2005 and 2010), moving with a crew of amazing teachers to the new Mansfield High School building in 2004, and being in the same district when my grandchildren started school at Mansfield.”

Smith’s former colleagues, family and friends hosted a celebration for her on Monday evening, May 20. The Mansfield School District also honored Smith with a retirement reception on Thursday, May 23.

The Mansfield School District hosted a retirement party for Tina Smith on Thursday, May 23. Pictured from left: Food Service Supervisor Sonia Norris, Assistant Federal Programs Coordinator Kim Arnold, Tina Smith, Cindy Fry, Carol Reano, and Superintendent Joe Staton.

Smith stated she looks forward to being able to participate in more church activities, including mission trips. “I will be a chauffeur for our grandchildren…and make lists of things for Michael Smith to do.”

Congratulations to Tina Smith on reaching this career milestone. No one is more deserving of time to enjoy all the blessings in life than she does!

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