Matt Smith


Matt Smith has worked for Arlington Public Schools for over 20 years. He started as a Middle School science and math teacher and then led very early efforts to integrate technology and the Internet into student learning. He spent 9 years as a network analyst where he became a now outdated CNE (Certified Novell Engineer). In his current position as Special Projects Coordinator, he leads APS’s work to align the Division with the Baldrige Excellence Framework.

He currently serves as the Chair of the US Senate Productivity and Quality Award for Virginia and DC (SPQA) after having served as Vice-Chair for Strategy. Matt is a three-time examiner for SPQA being recognized as the SPQA Rookie of the Year in 2012 and the SPQA Examiner of the Year in 2014. He continues to provide Baldrige Criteria training and Examiner Training for SPQA. Matt also serves on the board for his local civic association where he manages the website and is the membership chair.

Matt has a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Arts in New Professional Studies – Teaching, from George Mason University. His wife of over years 20 is an APS principal. Matt’s son graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2019, his daughter is a Sophomore or James Madison University.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking, biking and playing volleyball.