Debra Smith

Debra Smith


Fremont County School District

Fort Washakie, WY USA

Take chances when you can but don’t be afraid to say no when your plate is full.


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Debra Smith


My road in life has been direct.
I was born in Thermopolis, Wyoming, and raised in Fort Washakie.
Inspired by my mother's work at our tribal Head Start program, I earned my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
I decided to specialize in special education and went back to school for my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in early childhood special education.
I’d been working for our tribal Head Start program for about 10 years and then transitioned to work for our early intervention program, which serves children with disabilities from birth to age five.
With the early intervention program, I worked as a preschool teacher, case manager, and family services provider.
I eventually stepped into a state role with the Wyoming Department of Education, overseeing special education services for the state.
After about three years, I took a job as a SPED director for a neighboring school district before the SPED director position for my home school district opened up.
I now serve as the superintendent of Fremont County School District and am guided by a commitment to community, culture, and educational excellence.


High School
Child & Family Studies-Early Childhood Education
University of Wyoming
Curriculum & Instruction
University of Wyoming



I bridge cultures and voices in education, creating a space for every child to thrive.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

A typical day at work involves facilitating several meetings with building administrators, department heads, school improvement committees, and boards. I write and manage grants, read and respond to emails, keep updated on local, state, and national educational issues, and review policies and procedures. I oversee the day to day operations of the district, including transportation, food services, safety, classroom instruction, athletics, and after-school activities. There's never a dull moment!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I recommend taking classes of interest while as an undergraduate to expand your experiences and career choices. I started out in the College of Health Sciences as a nursing student. I was on the wait list for the College of Nursing and took a semester of fun and interesting classes. I ended up changing my major to early childhood education as a result. Exploring different experiences is a great way to figure out what you're most interested in.


The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You're just 'Little Debbie,' not Superintendent Smith."

Challenges I Overcame

Fitting In