Natalie Smith joined the St. Paul’s community as the Admission Director in January of 2014. A native of Bellingham, she has worked and traveled in a variety of locations before returning to her hometown.
Natalie chose St. Paul’s Academy because of the friendly atmosphere and small community environment. Integrating student-centered conversations into her admissions philosophy, she is thrilled to be interacting with both students and families to create a smooth and positive experience as they explore and discern the best educational path, from inquiry through graduation and beyond.
She holds undergraduate degrees in both History and Psychology from Washington State University and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Drake University. As an undergraduate she received Academic Achievement and Track & Field scholarships. Also, she was awarded a research grant to conduct a pilot program at The Tropical Health Foundation of India in Kerala, India. After college, she held positions in Student Life at two separate institutions: Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She has been devoted to social justice, service-learning efforts and teaching emerging leaders. Before returning to the northwest, Natalie completed her graduate studies with an internship at one of the world’s oldest international schools in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to guidance counseling she assisted with student ambassadors and taught a Careers and Exploration course to prepare students for their post high school pursuits.
In her free time Natalie can be found reading, hiking and fishing, volunteering in the community or training for her next marathon.
A favorite saying: “Hope changes brain chemistry, which influences the decisions we make and the actions we take. Hopefulness must be pervasive, and every single student should be able to feel it, see it, and hear it daily.” ~ Eric Jensen
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