Golden Secondary School will be saying hello to a new Vice-Principal. Darryl Smith, from Williams Lake, will be bringing 15 years of teaching experience into the GSS halls.
“I’m excited about becoming the Vice-Principal,” Smith said. “It’s something I’ve been working towards for awhile now. It will be a challenge, but I think I’ve done what I can to get ready and now I need to jump in and start doing it.”
Smith said that he looks forward to becoming part of the school and meeting the students and faculty.
“…and a new community. I enjoy the challenge of reestablishing myself in a new place. I’m also excited about getting back into skiing. I skied Kicking Horse once, before it was ever Kicking Horse, and I really enjoyed that day.”
The skier also enjoys playing hockey in the winter and spending the off-season on the golf course. He also said that before his teaching and sporting, his family, a wife and four children, come number one.
Smith has taught for fifteen years, focusing mainly on English 11 and 12 and PE. He also spent two years working as a teacher on call in Revelstoke .
“At some point I’ve taught Math, Science, Socials and many different electives including Woodwork, Cooking and different Computer classes. I’ve been a marker for the English 12 Provincial exams for about eight years.”
Smith spends time outside of teaching, coaching basketball.
“I have coached basketball from Gr. 8 to 12 for many years.”
The new Vice-Principal is also working towards his Master’s Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Leadership at UNBC and plans to be done in February.
“Golden is a great opportunity for me to learn to be an Administrator. The district has a good reputation and Ms. Trask comes highly recommended. Secondly, I grew up in Revelstoke and so Golden is close to home; an area I know a little bit. I have family in every direction, though none in Golden.”
Smith will be moving to Golden with his wife Niki and their four children Delaney, Laura, Austin and Rachel. The family looks forward to meeting new people and making new friends, as well as becoming an important asset to Golden Secondary School.