Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Rasheda Barksdale

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at the great D. M. Smith Elementary School! For those of you who are new to D. M. Smith, we want to assure you that we have some dedicated, caring, hard working teachers who are committed to giving our students the best education possible. We are confident that you are a great addition to the ‘Bears’ Den’. Here, at D. M. Smith, we prioritize student learning, relationship cultivation, and self-study. A spirit of excellence must undergird all that we do!

Combined, we have over 33 years of experience in the field of education, having served as an award-winning math teacher, literacy coach, curriculum coordinator, and more. Of any accolade that can be bestowed upon us, our greatest attribute is our love for children. We endeavor to provide a structure that allows for capacity building among the staff and academic success for our students. Our staff is the heartbeat of our school and we know that no goals could be achieved without you. Thank you for navigating this COVID-19 storm with us and remaining committed to the cause of educating students.  

It is our desire to keep you informed, provide opportunities for professional growth, establish order and systems, and create a lasting culture of excellence.   Together, we can and will WIN!! 

Cristal Holmes, Assistant Principal

Rasheda Barksdale, Principal