William T. Smith, Ed.D.Superintendent of Schools
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Welcome to the Point Pleasant Beach School District. Author Thomas Wolfe famously wrote, “You can’t go home again,” but I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to “come home” to a district that played such an important role in my development as a new teacher. Point Pleasant Beach is a premier New Jersey school district that truly earns the moniker, “A Gem of the Jersey Shore.” The Beach has a long and storied history, which Garnet Gulls past and present hold dear, and it continues to be a unique and special school district, offering students all of the benefits that accompany a small, close-knit community. At The Beach, we believe all students in our district should be afforded unmatched opportunities to grow, excel, and develop their passions, and we work hard to remove barriers, open pathways, and expand opportunities.
The Beach is a place like no other. I began my teaching career as an English teacher at Point Pleasant Beach High School in 1994. Some have heard me recall the narrow, wooden floorboards, finished with square-head nails that squeaked as the students and I moved throughout my classroom on the 5th floor—a space that I called home for nearly nine years. As a teacher and coach, I could not have asked for a better team of educators and leaders to learn from and to work alongside. Since that time, I have had the pleasure of working in many capacities with students and teachers throughout the span of pre-K-16, and my philosophy on teaching and learning has evolved around a core set of principles: Our students succeed when their schools prioritize access and opportunity and encourage creativity and exploration; Our schools succeed when our teachers seek, innovate and encourage.
As the district leader, I aspire to promote growth and success in every classroom. Schools and students are facing unprecedented challenges from a world that is evolving rapidly, upredictably. That world is demanding from our students highly developed collaboration and content-literacy skills, and it is offering unprcedented opportunities to bring new ideas to a “flat world” of hungry consumers of information. The dedicated professionals in our school district possess the passion, talent, and vision required to create life-long learners who are eager to participate productively in the world around them. Our students will be prepared for every college and career pathway.
It is a great honor to co-author the next chapter in the history of Point Pleasant Beach School District. I invite you to join me in what promises to be an exciting narrative. Our school community is made richer by your participation and feedback, and I look forward to working with you.Sincerely,William T. Smith, Ed.D.
Point Pleasant Beach School District 299 Cooks Lane
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742(732) 899-8840