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. LIZ LINNING
I am so honored to continue serving Smith Elementary as Assistant Principal this year! As an educator, it is important to me that each student knows they are an important and celebrated member of our school community. At school, I believe in challenging students, staff, and myself to continue to learn and grow each and every day.
I have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, both from North Central College. My career began as an elementary teacher at a STEM magnet school, where I led students in inquiry-based learning and specialized in engaging students in engineering design projects. I have previous school leadership in the East Aurora School District, where I served as the district Science and Social Studies Facilitator and also as an elementary administrator.
Outside of work I like to spend my time baking and decorating cookies, hiking with my dog, and reading mystery books.
I'm looking forward to another great year at Smith Elementary. Go Superstars!!!