Wayside Elementary Assistant Principal Eliot Smith will be moving to the position of Principal at Wayside beginning July 1, 2023, as current Principal Ken Copeland begins his retirement.
Eliot Smith was named the 2018 Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP). Superintendent Chuck McCauley commented, “Eliot is an outstanding leader and an integral part of our leadership team. He has proven that he is well prepared to lead Wayside Elementary.”
Smith has been with the district since 2012, serving most recently as Assistant Principal at Wayside, previously Assistant Principal over Freshman Academy for seven years, and as Assistant Principal at Mid-High from 2012-2015.
This is Smith’s 22nd year in education. He began his career as a student teacher at Alva High School in the Spring of 2001, taught math and coached at Bartlesville Mid-High from 2001-2004, taught math and coached at Barnsdall from 2004-2009, and was the Assistant Principal at Barnsdall from 2009-2012.
Smith and his wife, Brooke, live in Bartlesville with their two sons, Dake and Hudson, who attend Wayside Elementary.