The Superintendent works closely with the Cabinet and the School Board to manage district operations.
Phone: (541) 726-3201
Degrees and Certifications:
Susan Rieke-Smith, Ed.D
Dr. Susan Rieke-Smith was appointed by the Springfield School Board as the permanent Superintendent in November 2015. She had joined Springfield Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction in July 2014, and she served as Interim Superintendent from April 2015 to November 2015.
Prior to coming to Springfield, Dr. Rieke-Smith was Director of Instructional Services for the Salem-Keizer School District. In this role she collaboratively led staff to provide curriculum, instruction, assessment, library media services, language translation services and federal Title grant support to 67 schools.
Previously, as principal at Houck Middle School, she collaboratively led the school through a federal No Child Left Behind restructure process. In 2011, she was recognized by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators as Oregon’s Middle School Principal of the Year. She credits this recognition to the Houck staff for their intentional focus on effective instruction and achievement for all students.
Dr. Rieke-Smith's educational career began at Salem-Keizer teaching 5th grade English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in two Title I elementary schools. In 2005, she was recruited to serve as the Curriculum Assistant Principal at McKay High School, providing leadership in school improvement through a federal Small Schools grant and a state Comprehensive School Reform grant process.
In addition to her work as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools, Dr. Rieke-Smith serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Oregon College of Education, and is actively involved in the Springfield community through Rotary and service to the Chamber of Commerce and Wildish Theater as a board member.
She is honored to be with Springfield Public Schools and looks forward to continuing her work for equity of instructional outcome for all Springfield students.