Halo Smart moved to Athens from the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, son, and daughter so that they could be closer to family. She joined the Clarke County School District in 2018 with twenty years of teaching experience. In her short tenure with CCSD, Ms. Smart has served as CCSD Teacher Advisory Board representative and has been on the Athens Community Career Academy Leadership Team. Her children attend CCSD schools.
In California, Halo Smart helped coordinate the Early College program, was a Department Chair at three different sites: Curriculum Council Representative, Model School Chairperson, and Accreditation Chairperson. She was also recruited to work with a Stanford University team to develop an innovative- and environmentally- focused service learning program for high need students. Ms. Smart received her BA in American Studies from the University of California in Santa Cruz and her MA in Educational Leadership from Cal State East Bay.