Meet Our Trustees: Dr. Jeanetta Smith

  • Dr. Jeanetta Smith, Trustee since 2006

    Dr. Jeanetta Smith Dr. Jeanetta Smith, a community volunteer and retired educator, was selected by the Board of Trustees in September 2006 to fill the unexpired term for Place 2, which was vacated when her husband, Dr. Sterling Smith, died.

    When she took the oath of office on Oct. 4, 2006, she made a commitment to continue her husband’s legacy and to work diligently for both the students and educators of Denton ISD. She was then elected to the board in 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018. To further her qualifications as a board member, she has participated in both state and national school board conferences, and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership TASB.

    She was born in Miller Grove in East Texas and later moved with her family to Lancaster, Texas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1962 at what is now the University of North Texas.

    Her first teaching job was in the Dallas school district. She and her husband then moved to Tucson, Ariz., where they attended graduate school and taught in the public schools. Jeanetta earned a master’s degree at the University of Arizona in 1965.

    They moved to Austin, Texas, where she taught in Austin ISD and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas in 1973. The Smiths moved to Oxford, Miss., where she earned a master’s degree in art education.

    When they moved back to Denton, Jeanetta became an elementary education adjunct at UNT. In 1979, she was hired by the Denton school district as a third-grade teacher. She became an assistant principal and then returned to the classroom as a teacher of gifted and talented students.

    She earned a doctorate in early childhood education from Texas Woman’s University in 1997. Dr. Smith retired in 2006 from Denton ISD.

    She has one son, Austin, who is a landscape architect, and is married to Whitney Smith. She has two granddaughters, Audrey Leigh and Payton Jean.

    Insights and Contributions
    Dr. Smith's strong educational background helps her in her role as school trustee. She has attended several state school board functions, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards. She has served as school board secretary and vice president.

    As a resident of the Denton area for more than 30 years, she has a strong tie to the district and especially its students. Her lifetime interests have revolved around her family, church, friends and professional and educational pursuits.

    Community Service

    • Member of Phi Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma
    • American Association of University Women
    • Denton Retired Teachers Association 
    • Board of Directors member, Denton Kiwanis Club
    • Sunday School teacher, First Baptist Church
    • Lifetime member, UT Ex
    • Lifetime member, UNT Ex