James Scott Smith is our Superintendent. Mr. Smith has been with St. Mary’s County Public Schools for twenty-six years. He began as an English teacher at Leonardtown High School (LHS) in 1991. While in the classroom, he also sponsored the school newspaper, the literary magazine, the school newsletter, several drama productions, and the National Honor Society. Beyond the classroom, he was the English department chair and administrator in charge of Evening High School.
He left the classroom in 2000 to become an assistant principal at LHS. Two years later, he became the principal of the school. In 2007, he became the Director of Secondary Schools and advanced to Executive Director in 2012. In the spring of 2013 he was named the acting Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and held that position until the appointment of Interim Superintendent. On July 1, 2015 Mr. Smith's appointment as Superintendent of Schools began.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Towson University, and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is certified to teach English 7-12 and holds Administrator I and Administrator II credentials.