Department of Defense Education Activity

Ms. Edwina Smith - McBride ES Principal

Ms. Edwina Smith joined McBride Elementary School as principal October 2020.  Prior to coming to McBride, Ms. Smith served as the principal of Dexter Elementary School for 6 years. She came to the Georgia/Alabama District as an assistant principal at Faith Middle School in 2013. The following year she was promoted to principal of Dexter Elementary School.  Ms. Smith led Dexter through two successful school accreditations in 2015 and 2019.

Prior to coming to Fort Benning, Ms. Smith served as an assistant principal with the DoDEA Virtual School in both the Korea and Okinawa hubs from 2010-2013. She was also served as a guidance counselor at Sullivan Elementary in Yokosuka, Japan from 2007-2010.  She joined DoDEA in 1988 as a middle/high school mathematics/computer teacher at Pirmasens Elementary/High School in Germany.  In 1995 she moved to Giessen Middle/High School, Germany where she served as a guidance counselor, mathematics/computer science teacher, athletic director, varsity basketball coach, and varsity soccer coach.

Ms. Smith started her teaching career at Leesville High School in the Fort Polk, La area.  As a former military spouse, she and her family transitioned to Baumholder, Germany where she worked as an instructor with the Basic Skills Education Program providing Soldiers with on-duty instruction in reading and math.  She also was a substitute teacher at Baumholder Middle/High School where she first learned about teaching in DoDEA.

Ms. Smith also taught at Fountain-Fort Carson High while she and her family were stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.

A native of New York City, Ms. Smith graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics/Computer Science Education. In 1997, she received her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Maryland and also earned 45 credit hours in Educational Leadership.      

Ms. Smith is the mother of two adult daughters who attended DoDEA schools in Germany.  Her younger daughter was educated in DoDEA schools from kindergarten through 12th grade.  Ms. Smith has a 8- year old grandson, 4-year old twin granddaughters and a miniature poodle named Bentley.


Ms. Edwina Smith

McBride ES Principal

Phone: 706-626-4940
Phone: 835-9411
Fax: 706-544-9299
8270 Custer Road Bldg 11310
Fort Benning , GA 31905-7402

Dr. Courtney Roberson - McBride ES Assistant Principal

Dr. Roberson is a proud native of Austin, Texas and has several years of experience serving students and families in various roles. She brings over 22 years of qualified combined experience in Operations, Leadership, Instructional Management, Public Speaking, Student Issues Resolution, Multicultural Awareness, Teacher Development, Curriculum & Program Development, Presentations, Online/Technology Interaction, and Student/Parent/Staff Relationships. Dr. Roberson began her career in 2002 teaching Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten grade levels respectively at Pecan Springs Elementary in the Austin Independent School District. She attended Pecan Springs Elementary as a child and was proud to return as an educator. In 2006, Dr. Roberson was named Assistant Principal at the same campus. Within a year, she aided the school’s advancement from an “Acceptable Rating” to a “Recognized Rating” according to the standards of the Texas Education Agency. In 2008, Dr. Roberson relocated to Spring, Texas in support of her husband’s military career. She was named Assistant Principal of Sam Houston Elementary in the Conroe Independent School District. Within a year, she aided the school’s advancement from a “Recognized Rating” to an “Exemplary Rating” according to the standards of the Texas Education Agency.

In 2012, Dr. Roberson returned to the Austin Independent School and was named the Founding Principal of the J. Frank Dobie Pre-Kindergarten Center. This campus became a model for other schools in and outside the state of Texas because of her exemplary leadership and specialization in early childhood learning. Dr. Roberson was nominated for Principal of the Year in the Austin Independent School District for three consecutive years and was also nominated for the National Distinguished Principals Award with the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) in 2017.

In 2017, Dr. Roberson accepted the position of Assistant Principal at William D. Travis Early College High School in the Austin Independent School District to acquire experience at the secondary level. She assisted in the management of education and career development for students which provided them with an opportunity to earn an Associate Degree before graduating from high school. Her ties with the community garnered a better relationship with Austin Community College. Dr. Roberson most recently served as Training Specialist with the Directorate of Training & Doctrine at the U.S Army Maneuver Center of Excellence for the past two years. During this tenure, she improved the curriculum for adult learning by fostering a deeper understanding of the Army Learning Model.

Dr. Roberson earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration from Southwest Texas State University in December of 2000. She earned her Master of Arts in Education/Administration & Supervision from the University of Phoenix in November of 2005. Dr. Roberson earned her Doctorate Degree in Education Administration (EC-12) with Superintendent Certification from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in November of 2020. 

Dr. Courtney Roberson

McBride ES Assistant Principal

Phone: 706-626-4942
8270 Custer Road, Building #11310
Fort Benning , GA 31905-3130