January 18, 2013

Smith to speak at King ecumenical service

Submitted by True Gospel Pentecostal Church

— Paul David Smith, executive principal at Howard High School in Chattanooga, will be the guest speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Service on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church.

Smith was born in Washington, D.C., to Harold David Smith of Columbus, Ohio, and Norma V. Smith of West Moreland, Jamaica. The family traveled extensively as his father was a physician in the Air Force Medical Corps.

Smith studied at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Aenon College in Indianapolis, Ind., Trevecca University and Covington Theological Seminary. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and he is certified in educational leadership, history and the social sciences. He holds a master’s degree in education and a second master’s degree in ethnic studies. He also has a doctorate in ministry.

As a student teacher, he was awarded the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society’s Secondary School Teacher of the Year award. He has been honored as “a distinguished educator” by the National Society of High School Scholars. He has received the Educator of Distinction Award from the Chattanooga Rotary Club. The Georgia State Council has honored him with its Leader of Excellence award.

He served as a teacher and senior adviser at Tyner High School in Chattanooga for eight years. He was assigned as assistant principal trainee at Orchard Knob Middle School. He later served as executive principal of Howard High School, Howard Middle School and the Maurice Kirby Learning Center, where under his leadership the middle school and the high school program made the required Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act and the high school improved the graduation rate, making significant gains in academics. The high school program also received the High School Redesign award in 2009 under his leadership.

He has served as youth director and adviser to various programs and ministries for more than 15 years. As a public speaker, he has presented from coast to coast in the United States and the Caribbean.

Smith is married with two children. He is the chief administrator and music director at the Greater Emmanuel City of Life Church in Chattanooga where his mother is pastor. He believes that educators should reach, teach, model and nurture in order to foster success in others. His organizational goals are unity and excellence.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Service is sponsored by the Concerned Clergy of Greater Whitfield County and they welcome the public to attend.