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Amy Steele-Smith

Utah State Board of Education
Prevention Specalist
We began our family and have three amazing children who are now grown and walking their own wonderful paths. I attended Weber State University receiving a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. In 1998 both my husband and I began working for Juvenile Justice and caught the social welfare bug. After moving back to our childhood town, I went to work for the Department of Child and Family Services and served in various positions from Caseworker to Program Lead.
In 2009 I graduated with my MSW from the University of Utah with an emphasis in clinical and school social work. Our family moved to the four corners area where I worked as a program director, overseeing grant writing and program implementation to improve student engagement and reduce student dropout rates. One of the highlights of my time there was working with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Council to create partnerships and programs that would benefit Native American students.
We moved to Northern Utah in 2014 and from there I received my ARL in Special Education. I have worked as a special education teacher for the last five years. I specialized in working with students with sever behaviors that made accessing the general education classroom difficult. I continue to love to learn and graduated with my MBA in December of 2021.
Recently an official empty nester I cherish spending time with my adult children. You will find my husband and me on the golf course several times a week. I enjoy yoga and meditation and try to constantly improve myself physically and mentally. The outdoors is a special place for us and we try to make time to enjoy this beautiful place that we live in often.
I firmly believe that 99.9% of the population wants to be successful. Children walk into our schools every day because they want to make people proud of them and they want to do a good job. I am excited to be part of a team that focus on prevention and the building of critical protective factors for our youth.