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Chelsea Kang-Smith, Ed.D.

Director, Systems Improvement and Leadership Development

Chelsea Kang-Smith, Ed.D.

Dr. Chelsea Kang-Smith is the Director of Systems Improvement and Leadership Development for the CCEE.

Prior to joining the CCEE, Dr. Kang-Smith provided coaching and facilitation to the CCEE Pilot Partnership program as a Professional Expert. She was also a leadership coach to Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Clear Administrative Services Credential Induction Program.

Dr. Kang-Smith spent over 26 years in California’s public education system empowering and collaborating with school leaders, teachers, and parents to cultivate systems of improvement for student success. 

She began her teaching at Chemawa Middle School in Riverside Unified School District, then continued into site administrative experiences. She served as an Assistant Principal and Principal at Dale Jr. High School, Magnolia High School, and Walker Jr. High School in the Anaheim Union High School District.

Her district level experiences include Assistant Superintendent/Area Superintendent position of San Diego Unified School District and Baldwin Park Unified School District as well as Superintendent of Temple City Unified School District.

Throughout her education career, Dr. Kang-Smith led improvements with her colleagues to receive California Distinguished School, Gold Ribbon, Model Continuation, and Title I Academic Achievement awards.

As superintendent, she galvanized her community to pass $128.8 million dollar facility bond for schools.

During her education career, Dr. Kang-Smith received PTA Honorary Service and Council PTA Honorary Service Awards for her dedication students in her school and district as well as the Hero Award from Walker Jr. High School students.

Dr. Kang-Smith earned her Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California, Masters of Science in Education from the California State University, Fullerton, and Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and Teaching Credential Program from the University of California, Irvine.


Executive Assistant to Chelsea Kang-Smith:
Janine Rogers
Phone: (916) 619-7503