Peter Clabough

Peter Clabough


Dr. Pete Clabough

I have had the privilege of serving as the principal at Smith Elementary School for over a decade now, steadfast in supporting our vision of embracing the curiosity, complexity, and joy of learning. At Smith, we prioritize positive student-teacher relationships, view mistakes as learning opportunities, provide challenging learning experiences, and prioritize our students' social and emotional growth.

My journey in education began as a high school biology teacher in Stillman Valley, IL, where I also coached football and wrestling. I later served as a science teacher and administrator at an alternative high school here in Aurora. Transitioning to the West Aurora School District, I spent time as the assistant principal at Washington Middle School while earning a Doctorate of Education from Aurora University. Moving into my current role at Smith Elementary School has been a deeply fulfilling career shift, where each day brings joy as I interact with students, staff, and families.

I wholeheartedly believe in every child's potential and remain committed to collaborating with our school community to maintain a safe learning environment that maximizes student dialogue and collaboration.

Outside of Smith, I enjoy spending time with my family, attending my children's sporting events, and fishing.

I eagerly anticipate another rewarding year as principal of Smith School and am excited to witness our students' continued academic and social-emotional growth.

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 School 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!