Mr. Anthony M. Smith, Principal
Mr. Smith has been in the Chandler Unified School District since 1998 and taught 3rd grade, 5th grade, and 6th. He served as the dean of students for Ryan Elementary and CTA Independence before becoming a principal at Andersen Elementary and CTA Freedom Elementary.
Mr. Smith grew up in the small mining town of Bagdad, Arizona. He attended Mesa Community College and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. He attended Northern Arizona University and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Prior to teaching, Mr. Smith served in the United States Army and the Arizona National Guard for over ten years. He proudly served with the 101st Airborne as an enlisted Infantry soldier and with Arizona National Guard as a Field Artillery Captain.
He currently lives in Chandler with his wife, Yvette and his two children Ryan and Aubrey. In his spare time he enjoys reading, running, hiking, yard work, and watching the Arizona Cardinals and D-backs.