Phone: (208) 350-4315 Ex. 1119


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Elementary Education and M.Ed. Educational Leadership from University of Illinois at Chicago. Special Education certification from University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

Susan Bailey Smith

    My Why

     "Obuchenie" is the Russian word that means both teaching and learning. I find I learn so much from my students as I endeavor to reach them and teach them the academic skills they need to succeed. Seeing each and every one of my students lights up something inside of me. Whatever state of mind each child may bring with them ignites my desire to reach through and give them what they need at that moment.

My Background 

     I am thrilled to spend my twenty-second year as an educator and as a special education resource teacher with Summerwind STEM Academy this 2021-2022 school year! I recently moved to Boise to be closer to my youngest daughter, Meghan, and my two youngest grandchildren, Hugo (7) and Evey (5). Most of my education experience has been in Arizona where I have served as Principal and Regional Superintendent in the Tucson area, and as a special educator in the Prescott area. I have also worked many years in the social work field writing grants and administering juvenile delinquency prevention programs.

My Interests

     I love singing, songwriting and playing guitar in the Folk, Americana and Blues traditions, and have collaborated with a variety of talented musicians on a variety of CD recordings.