ryan wamser, superintendent
I am so excited and humbled to have been named Superintendent here at Smithton! I am thrilled to get to work with such a great community of parents, students, and staff! I already know how "world class" this school is and am so happy to be joining the family!
I am married to my best friend Michelle (a Smithton native), an RN at St. Louis Children's Hospital. We have a son, Jamey (6), a daughter, Ruthie (4) and a new baby boy, Murray! I grew up in Belleville, attending District 118 schools, Douglas Elementary and Central Junior High. I graduated from Belleville Township High School East. If it weren't for my amazing teachers and administrators growing up, I wouldn't be where I am today! Later I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, in 2003. Then my Master of Arts in Education degree from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, in 2008. Before coming to Smithton, I began my teaching career at Wolf Branch Middle School in Swansea, in 2003. I then went on to teach at Mascoutah Community High School, in 2005. In 2010, I was named Assistant Principal at Mascoutah High School. In 2013, then was hired as Superintendent of Oakdale Community Consolidated School District #1 in Oakdale, Illinois. In 2014, I was named Assistant Regional Superintendent of St. Clair County, Illinois. I am a proud Billiken as well, earning my Educational Leadership Doctor of Education degree from Saint Louis University in 2014. As you can see school has always been so important to me and my family. I look forward to getting to know everyone in the community so please stop by and say hello!
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Vicki norton, principal
My name is Vicki Norton and I am honored to be the principal at Smithton Community Consolidated Dist. #130. I began my teaching career in Centralia as a kindergarten teacher where I spent 8 years working in a building with 200 five-year-olds. I then served as a third grade teacher/ asst. principal for four years, also in Centralia City Schools. These 12 years prepared me for the wonderful position of principal of Smithton Elementary School.
I live with my husband Tony and my four dogs, Lydia, Annie, Lucy, and Dexter. My love of dogs explains the passion I possess for working with animal rescue groups and rescuing homeless animals. My present position keeps me so busy that I no longer bring home the many strays that I used to in years past, but I still try to match up homeless animals with their forever families.
My family also consists of a son named Josh, his wife Jamie, a grandson Hayden, and a granddaughter Olivia. They are the light of my world! I also have a step-daughter named Tara and two more grandchildren, Brock and Montana, who are at the age in which visits to their grandparent's house are few and far between.
As a child growing up, school made me nervous and uncomfortable. My goal is to provide a loving and caring environment where all students will feel at ease and free to learn at their own pace. Our teachers at Smithton exude a passion and love of children and learning that sets the tone for all students to feel accepted, nurtured, and engaged in the most exciting learning experiences. My wish is for all students to thoroughly enjoy their educational experience and to grow to their greatest potential academically and personally.
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