Jerry Smith, Jr. says he has been in educational theatre since a crazy lady found him in the halls of his high school and put him onstage. (This was, he adds, during his long-hair period.) That educator was Linda P. Wise, whom Mr. Smith inducted into the EdTA Hall of Fame posthumously in 2006.
Since that fateful day, Mr. Smith has enjoyed a long run in theatre and arts education. He has served for some eighteen years on the Georgia Thespian board, was an inaugural EdTA leadership coach, and has been vice president/president of the EdTA Board of Directors. He has been inducted into the Georgia Thespian Hall of Fame. He developed the Salem High School theatre program, Troupe 5120, from its creation in 1991 to 2008, when he joined the ranks of administration.
He now serves as principal of Luella High School in Locust Grove, Georgia, and still resides happily in Conyers, Georgia with his three cats, Ado Annie, Asphalt, and Callie.
He says none of this would have been possible without the continuous love and support of his parents, Jerry and Ollie Smith, as well as many wonderful friends and peers.