Department of Defense Education Activity

Mr. Ryan Smith Named New Principal at Fort Jackson’s C.C. Pinckney Elementary School

For Immediate Release — July 19, 2019 | Americas

Ryan Smith

Mr. Ryan Smith will serve as the principal at C.C. Pinckney Elementary School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — July 19, 2019 — Ms. Kathleen Reiss, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) South Carolina/Fort Stewart Community Superintendent, has selected Mr. Ryan Smith as the principal at C.C. Pinckney Elementary School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

“Ryan has a depth of knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment that will be a great asset to C.C. Pinckney Elementary School,” said Ms. Reiss. “His high level of energy and familiarity with the military and needs of military-connected children make him very qualified to serve the Fort Jackson community.”

Mr. Smith began his teaching career as a physical education and health teacher at Harriet Tubman Charter School (HTCS) in Bronx, New York in 2009. He started working for DoDEA at Maxwell Elementary and Middle School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama in the summer of 2012. While at Maxwell, Mr. Smith served on the continuous school improvement team and was instrumental in starting the middle school athletics program there. In January 2017, Mr. Smith was named the interim Assistant Principal at Fort Rucker Elementary School and Primary School in Alabama. He comes to Fort Jackson from Fort Campbell where he served as the assistant principal at Mahaffey Middle School.

"I am excited to begin working with the students, families and staff of C.C. Pinckney,” said Smith. “It is a privilege to continue serving our military families and I look forward to a successful and productive school year! Go Patriots!"

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from State University of New York College at Brockport and his Master’s Degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York in Athletic Administration. received his Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.

He is a United States Marine Corps veteran and served for six years as a Nuclear Biological Chemical Defense Specialist.