Mrs. Alfreda Smith, Principal
Mrs. Smith has over twenty-five years in education. She has worked at Walkertown Middle School, as a School Coordinator and Assistant Principal at Atkins Academic & Technology High School, Assistant Principal at Reynolds High School, and Principal at Northwest Middle School. Mrs. Smith is a former Teacher of the Year and has been nominated for Principal of the Year numerous times. In 2018 she was honored as the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School's Principal of the Year and represents the Forsyth Principal Association as Vice-President in addition to serving on various committees.
Mrs. Smith holds a degree in Mass Communication from Winston-Salem State University, a master's degree in Technology and School Administration from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and is currently completing a Doctoral Degree in School Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. Smith also completed a year-long Distinguished Leadership program in 2017 sponsored by The North Carolina Principals & Assistant Principals Association.
Mrs. Smith is passionate about serving others. She shares building healthy positive relationships in a safe, inclusive environment for all, is imperative to school success. Mrs. Smith has a proven track record of success. She guided her previous school with exceeding expected growth for seven years. She was instrumental in receiving a million-dollar district Verizon grant, mentoring other leaders, and hosting/training future administrators from UNC-Chapel Hill, High Point University, North Carolina Central, and North Carolina Agricultural & State University. Mrs. Smith believes having a dedicated staff, who are genuinely passionate about taking care of the whole child, has enhanced her career as a leader.
Mrs. Smith looks forward to working alongside staff, students, parents, and the community to ensure that John F. Kennedy is THE PREMIER HIGH SCHOOL in the REGION! She shares that this goal will come to fruition through CLARITY, COMMITMENT, AND CONTRIBUTION!
What People Are Saying!
In my twenty-two-year career, I have never had an administrator who is as supportive, caring, and student-focused as Mrs. Smith…… C. Lovell
Mrs. Smith has a wonderful balance of both support and high expectations for staff and students. I have always felt her support and appreciation of my professionalism. She shows it in words of encouragement, e-mails, special treats, and gentle reminders to care for each other. ……..A. Whicker
Mrs. Smith brings structure, organization, accountability, and consistency. These qualities have made a huge difference in the overall culture of our school in a short period of time…..Jessica Brinkey-McNair
Mrs. Smith exemplifies the qualities of an effective school executive. Mrs. Smith’s strongest quality is the ability to establish a culture of success among her leaders and her staff. Additionally, she is able to invigorate staff during challenging times. She is often sought after for her wisdom and her advice. She leads by example and models what she expects. …. A. Moses
I am excited about the energy, optimism, and vision that Mrs. Smith brings to John F. Kennedy High. She shows a genuine concern for students and staff.
After the first year of working with Mrs. Smith, I dubbed her a “schoolhouse principal” in response to her focus on teacher empowerment, student behaviors, safety first, and continually striving to improve the learning experiences in our school. She builds relationships with students as well as staff. Students hug her, call her “grandma”, and request to speak to her. She fosters a sense of family and being “home” for staff and students and has always been an absolute joy to work with. …. K. Brendle
I always watch Mrs. Smith interact with parents and students, and I strive to model my professional behavior after hers. She is not only a wonderful leader, but a wonderful person in general. I know that I can always depend on her for anything I need. Whether it’s help with the logistics of putting on a concert, building a pep band for the athletic department, or an ear after I have had a bad day, she is always there for me. I can say with 100% confidence that Mrs. Smith truly makes me want to work harder and to be the best educator I can be. …. A. Griffith
Mrs. Smith is a wonderful leader who has only gotten stronger as the years have gone by. Her willingness to adjust to teacher feedback is one of her greatest strengths. I can’t wait to see where her career leads. I’ll be watching and cheering her on……M. Kimel
Mrs. Smith is a passionate and hard-working principal who is truly dedicated to helping all students and staff learn and grow to reach their full potential. She has been an invaluable mentor to me in my professional journey as an educator and I am extremely grateful for all her support and guidance. ……. S. Ferner
I am delighted that Ms. Alfreda Smith is the new principal at JF Kennedy High School. Her background is in Career and Technical Education (CTE), so she will be a huge asset to our CTE High School. I worked with her at RJ Reynolds High School and know she is an advocate for all students and will promote CTE Pathways because they help students select and train for careers. I look forward to watching her grow the programs at J F Kennedy High School…..M. Bergstone
Mrs. Smith has been a supporter of students and educators for a number of years. She believes in bringing out the best in all, and will allow you to walk in your greatness through her encouragement….. N. Young
Mrs. Smith is constantly encouraging you to “Go Above and Beyond”. She cares about all students and is willing to assist them with overcoming their challenges. She is visionary, focused on excellent and teachable moments….A. Moreira
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mrs. Smith as both an educator and a student. She played a pivotal role in shaping my journey to where I am today. Now I can enjoy our relationship as a peer. I know that because she played a part in my education and personal development, she trusts me to work alongside her. …. E. Foster