Dr. Timothy Smith - Candidate for Shenandoah School Board
Dr. Timothy Smith and his wife Amanda Schneider, DDS, and their 2-year-old son Thomas made Shenandoah their home a year and a half ago.
Smith was appointed to the Shenandoah school board Friday, Oct. 4. to fill a vacancy created by Kip Anderson’s resignation.
He is also a candidate for one of the two seats on the Nov. 5 ballot. Smith said if elected serving on the Shenandoah School Board will be a great opportunity to support the district.
“Shenandoah is a great place to raise Thomas,” he said. “We have a responsibility to our kids to give them the best future we can.”
Smith said the facilities need to be updated, and there is a need to invest in the STEM program and provide adequate space and resources. Another item voters will decide is the fate of a $14.7 million bond issue for building improvement projects, including space for science, technology, engineering and math.
“The majority of economic growth has occurred over the last few decades within STEM supported fields,” said Smith. “In order to secure the financial future of our children and our community, we need to make sure our children have access to the best possible STEM education we can provide. Our school district has already done a remarkable job in this regard, but we need to make sure our teachers have the resources and facility to educate our children.”
Smith said his age is a strength he can bring to the board.
“We all have different personalities and backgrounds,” he said. “As someone who graduated in 2009 at the height of the recession, I believe I have a very different perspective on education and the current economy from the generation that came before. I witnessed first-hand the mismatch between the demands of our employers and the experiences offered by our nation’s school. This difficulty was compounded by an unprecedented crisis in college affordability and student loan debt that has only continued to worsen. Because of these factors, I believe it is vital for today’s youth to graduate from high school with skills that are immediately relevant to their chosen careers regardless of their future education plans.”
Smith said the Shenandoah School Board has done a great job with the bond issue recognizing the need and getting funding foresight and keeping the district in a good financial position.
Smith is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine and is an internal medicine physician at Shenandoah Medical Center. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Schneider is a graduate of Creighton University with a bachelor’s in biology and is a dentist at Southwest Iowa Dental Assoc.
After graduation Smith worked as junior faculty at the New Mexico VA and as chief resident at the University of New Mexico, where he worked closely with residents and medical students.
“I have been involved in education for several years, primarily medical education,” said Smith. “During my three years of medical residency, we were expected to be care providers in addition to educators for the students and junior residents we worked with. I enjoyed the education experience so much that I applied for and was chosen to be a chief resident which is a junior faculty position within the VA hospital. This year-long program included formal training in communications, leadership, and education. My time was split between graduate medical education and serving in a managerial capacity for the program.”