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October 21, 2020

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MRH Assistant Principal Joins Local Group of Educator/Entrepreneurs

Dr. Sam Smith named to 2020 Catalyst Fellowship Cohort.The Opportunity Trust has announced that Dr. Sam Smith, MRH High School assistant principal, is among nine outstanding education leaders chosen for the fourth Catalyst Fellowship Cohort.

Catalyst Fellows are educators and entrepreneurs working to forge the next frontier of learning environments in St. Louis. At a time when educators find themselves facing one of the most significant opportunities in a generation to reimagine school, The Opportunity Trust’s Catalyst Fellowship provides community and support to help develop innovative, research-backed plans to transform learning experiences.

This year’s program will be conducted through six virtual sessions to imagine, build, and test new ideas and approaches to teaching and learning. Fellows will engage in virtual inspiration visits to innovative schools across the U.S. to expand their thinking around how learning environments in St. Louis need to evolve. The culmination of the program will be concrete designs that can help transform the student experience and a plan of action to launch and pilot those ideas.

Dr. Smith is in her 2nd year at MRH High School. She s a passionate advocate for educational equity and has enjoyed a career in education in the St. Louis region for more than fifteen years. A former English teacher and instructional coach, she currently serves as an Assistant Principal and debate coach at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. She serves on multiple boards and regional school accreditation teams, and enjoys reading, cooking, and folding origami cranes.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.