Dr. Pete Clabough
I have been the principal at Smith Elementary School for over a decade now and continue to support our vision of embracing the curiosity, complexity, and joy of learning. At Smith, we believe in and foster positive student-teacher relationships, using mistakes as opportunities to learn, providing challenge for our students in the learning process, and being intentional toward our student’s social and emotional learning.
I began my career in education as a high school Biology teacher in Stillman Valley, IL where I also coached football and wrestling. I then was a science teacher and administrator at an alternative high school here in Aurora, IL. After a few years there, I had the privilege of joining the West Aurora School District as the assistant principal of Washington Middle School. During this time, I earned a Doctorate of Education degree from Aurora University. Shifting from the secondary level of education into my current position at Smith Elementary School was and continues to be a rewarding experience in my career. I smile with joy every day when I come to Smith and interact with students, staff, and our families. It is a true honor.
I believe in the potential of every child and will continue to work together as a team with the students, staff, and families of Smith School to ensure a safe learning environment where opportunities for student dialogue and collaboration will maximize student learning.
When I am not at Smith working, you may find me hanging out with my family, at one of my three children’s sporting events, or fishing.
I look forward to another wonderful year as principal of Smith School and can hardly wait to see our students learn and grow both academically and social emotionally.
MS. KATIE LOVE
I am thrilled to be a part of the West Aurora learning community as assistant principal at Smith Elementary School! I am proud to say I have worked with students from early childhood through eighth grade in some capacity throughout my career. I have an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a master's in educational leadership, both from North Central College. I began my career teaching kindergarten and first grade in Kaneland School District, and have also served as assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at the middle school level. Additionally, I have worked with administrators, instructional coaches, and teachers in Huntley as a curriculum director. Most recently, I served as assistant principal at Greenman Elementary here in West Aurora.
I live in Sugar Grove with my family. We love to play tennis, travel, and spend time at the beach.
I am looking forward to a great year serving the students, families, and staff at Smith!