During the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees June 1, 2021 meeting, the board approved the promotion of Natalie Osborne Smith, ED.D. Currently serving as professional learning coordinator, she will become leadership development and continuous improvement director.
Osborne Smith began her career 20 years ago as an elementary Spanish teacher in Lexington School District Two. She joined Lexington District One in 2003 as a Spanish teacher at Pelion Middle School.
In 2006, she moved to Pleasant Hill Elementary School, where she served as a technology integration specialist. After PHES named her their 2006–2007 Teacher of the Year, she became a district-level Teacher of the Year finalist.
After becoming assistant administrator in 2011, she served both Lexington Middle School and Meadow Glen Middle School for a year.
In 2012, however, a promotion to assistant principal (academic dean) for MGMS led to her work supporting professional learning, managing scheduling and testing, and collaborating to develop the school’s strategic plan. With her support, MGMS earned EL Education credential school and EL Education national mentor school status.
Osborne Smith was a finalist for South Carolina Middle Level Assistant Principal of the Year in 2016 and the EL Education Silverberg Leadership Award in 2017.
In 2018, the district promoted Osborne Smith to professional learning coordinator for the district. She supports the work planning process across all schools, and coordinates professional learning opportunities and graduate credit classes for educators. She also serves on the district’s Reentry Task Force and assisted the technical scheduling team amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Osborne Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts from Presbyterian College, a Master of Education in secondary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policies from the University of South Carolina, as well as a Doctorate of Education in education leadership from Concordia University.
She completed the EL Education District Leadership program, the Colonial Life Education Leaders Experience, and the Lexington District One Aspiring Principals Academy.
Osborne Smith is a member of the National Association for Professional Development Schools, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and Learning Forward.
She holds certification in Spanish, elementary and secondary principal, and elementary and secondary supervisor.