Mikki Smith has been named the permanent principal of Madison East High School.
“Graduating our scholars ready for college, career, and community, of course, happens with dedicated and supportive school staff. As such, I am pleased to announce Mikki Smith has been named the permanent principal of East High School,” MMSD Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins wrote in a letter to students, staff, and the East High community. “Principal Smith has been a steady leader at school, a tireless advocate for students, and committed to family partnerships and engagement.”
Smith has been the interim principal of Madison East since October of 2021. Prior to that, she had been assistant principal at East for 11 years and assistant principal at both La Follette and West. Smith is the first Black woman to lead a Madison high school.
Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland-College Park and a master’s degree in counseling from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. She holds a K-12 Guidance Counseling Certification and K-12 Administrative Certification, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Smith is also a Logistics Officer and Major in the United States Army Reserve, where she’s served for 24 years.