- High School – Hanford High School (Go Bullpups!)
- B.A. Degree – UC Riverside (Major-Sociology, Minor-Business Administration)
- Teaching Credential – Chapman University (Multiple Subject Credential)
- M.A. Degree – Fresno Pacific University (Education Administration & Administrative Services Credential)
Mr. Smyers has been involved in the field of education for the past 19 years, teaching for 5 and Administration for 14. Prior to coming to Avenal High School, he started his career as a middle school English and History teacher, and quickly moved into an Assistant Principal position. After serving as a middle school Principal, he moved into a high school Principal position in Fresno for 2 years, before coming to Avenal.
He has always been heavily involved with sports most of his life, playing mainly baseball and soccer year round. His claim to fame is playing in the 13 year old Babe Ruth Baseball World Series as well as the Div II College World Series while attending UC Riverside on a baseball scholarship. Drafted by the Florida Marlins organization and a short career playing in the minors, he eventually returned back to the Central Valley to begin his teaching career. While teaching, he also coached various sports including: Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Cross Country. He was also involved in academic competitions with Odyssey of the Mind, Math-a-thon, Spelling Bee, and Academic Pentathlon. Mr. Smyers feels Avenal High School is an amazing institution full of tradition and energy. He highly recommends that students find ways to become more involved with as many school activities as possible. They will provide many opportunities to explore the various career paths and build connections that one day will provide them the guidance for making critical life decisions. School will be as exciting (or as boring) as you choose to make it!
Mr. Smyers Core Values:
- Given time and resources, all students can learn.
- Teaching and learning is a collaborative approach.
- School should be a safe community for all students. Everyone including parents, staff, and students are stakeholders and are accountable keeping schools safe (“See something, say something”). Outside negative influences (ie. – drugs, gangs, fights) will not be tolerated at our school.
- Creating learning communities among teachers is necessary in order to continue to remain connected to their profession, their student’s needs, and to each other.
- Do what you know is RIGHT, even when everyone else is doing WRONG. Your actions will always show your true character.
- Hard work, determination, and perseverance can and will make everything possible.
- No excuses…