Peter Clabough

Peter Clabough


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.

Katie Love

Katie Love

Assistant Principal


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 Yorkville Middle School. 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.

Smith Elementary is truly a place where students can grow and be challenged with support from caring adults. I look forward to another great year serving the students, families, and staff at Smith!