Dr. Candace Smith, Assistant Professor, has been serving in education for over 20 years. Beginning her educational career as a pre kindergarten teacher implementing a pilot program prior to moving to Chicago Public Schools. She taught third grade for Chicago Public Schools, and then taught for 10 years in Lansing, IL. In those 10 years she taught 3rd and 5th grade. For 3 years she served as assistant principal at another school in the same district. In 2018, Dr. Smith earned her Ed.D in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Lewis University. Dr. Smith most recently served as principal at Holy Family School in North Lawndale. She also works with schools as an educational consultant.