January 14, 2020

Two Minutes with T2: Anthony Smith, EdD Regional Superintendent, KIPP Texas-Dallas-Fort Worth

Our special column, Two Minutes with T2, introduces you to the members of the KIPP Texas leadership team – also called Team Texas and T2. In this installment, you’ll meet Anthony Smith, EdD., regional superintendent of the KIPP Texas-Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Dr. Anthony Smith took the reins of the KIPP-Dallas Fort Worth as our regional superintendent last year. Before joining KIPP, Tony served in the Denver Public Schools (DPS) for nearly 17 years beginning as a teacher and culminating as instructional superintendent. A champion of equity through education, Tony led dramatic improvements in DPS schools and its entire district. When he’s not working with teachers, school leaders and members of his team, Tony spends time with his wife, Marcy, 12-year-old son Tyson, and 9-year-old son Evan. We caught up with Tony for this edition of Two Minutes with T2.

What gets you out of bed every morning?

I don’t sleep much, only about six hours a night, so I wake up at 4 am to start my daily routine, so that I have more time in the evenings to spend with my wife and two boys.

How would you describe your job to a person you meet in the community?

I lead a team of dedicated individuals tasked with changing the world!

What do you like most about your job?

The people: I am excited every day to work with such a strong group of people and to be around such amazing students.

Which of the KIPP Texas Core Values resonates most with you?

Persist with Purpose – I believe strongly in the benefits of hard work and persistence. This core value aligns with my personal values and highlights that good things happen to those who work hard!

What are your most significant achievements — personally and professionally?

Personally, it is my family hands down! Professionally, I have been fortunate to lead in my community as a principal, closing gaps, and helping students achieve their college dreams at two of Denver’s most embattled schools. Those experiences had such strong person impacts on me and really highlight the power of teamwork.

It’s just you and your favorite streaming service. What are you binging?

HBO’s The Watchmen has caught my attention in recent weeks. My family also began watching The Mandalorian on Disney+.

What is your favorite food?

Seafood (crab and shrimp)

What’s your guilty pleasure?


What book are you reading?

Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul, by Howard Schultz

What is one movie you can watch over and over again?

Big Trouble in Little China

What advice do you have for Big KIPPsters?

Always bring your authentic self with you.

What advice do you have for Little KIPPsters?

Good things happen to those who work hard!

What is one fact about you we would never guess?

I tried out to be a back-up dancer for MC Hammer in high school!

KIPP Texas Public Schools is hiring for a diverse team of dynamic, collaborative, and dedicated individuals with an unyielding belief that every child will succeed. If you want to be part of a supportive team that’s more like a family, then KIPP Texas is for you!