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Smith serving as Hillcrest principal





Hillcrest High School Principal Mickel Smith, who is serving his first semester in the position, hopes to provide a school setting that allows students to learn, be safe and enjoy their high school experience.

"I have enjoyed my first few weeks as principal of Hillcrest High School," said Smith. "It's almost like coming home except for many new faces after 12 years away from education."

Smith served 17 years as a principal in the former River Valley School District. He also spent six years coaching at Salem, Cord-Charlotte and Norfork.

"I spent the last 11 years as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance Group," Smith said.

"Hopefully my educational experience, as well as business experience, will allow me to share with our students how important learning is to their future."

Smith earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1981 from former Arkansas College, now Lyon College, in Batesville.

He also completed a master of science in education from Arkansas State University in 1986.

"Hillcrest High School is blessed to have a staff that cares about education and our kids," said Smith. "I have been encouraged by the fact they are willing to make changes in their day-to-day interaction with students, which will improve the educational experience for our students."

He also said he believes the school can and will provide the very best education for students.

Smith and his wife, Debbie, live in Ash Flat. They have four children, Josh, Zac, Adrian and Andrea, and eight grandchildren.

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