Meet TNTP's leadership team: 18 people who shape the organization's goals, services and strategy.
Dottie SmithVP, Client Team
Dottie Smith leads several strands of work, including TNTP’s teacher development strategy.
Previously, as a Partner and then Vice President, Dottie oversaw TNTP’s Teaching Fellows programs in Arizona and Charlotte. She helped TNTP expand its teacher training programs and related services in new cities and states, and co-led performance management work in Clark County, Nevada. She also played a key role in designing TNTP’s approach to training, certification and coaching.
Dottie started her career as a second-grade teacher in Compton, California. After leaving the classroom, she held several positions with Teach For America, where her work focused on new teacher development, management and development of teacher coaches and the design of teacher coaching models. Prior to joining TNTP in 2010, Dottie served high-need schools in Los Angeles and Las Vegas as an intervention coordinator, assistant principal and then a high school principal. With incredibly hard-working staff, her high school moved from a No Child Left Behind designation of ‘watch’ to ‘high achieving’ under her leadership.
Dottie holds MA degrees in teaching and educational leadership.