About Us


Keeli Espinoza

Dear T.O. Smith Community, 

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! We are ready for another great year of learning, fun, and excitement. Although our building is different and we are facing some new challenges in the ways that we do school, some great aspects remain the same. Our motto for this year will be “Tigers never lose their stripes”! As we are physically distanced from our neighborhood, and socially distanced from each other, we are united in our efforts to work together to see our tigers rise to the top, which is why this motto is so fitting for this year. We will continue to elevate teaching and learning experiences, to lead our students along the path of top-performance, and reach our academic goals.    

To reach our goals of growing literacy, language, and social-emotional skills, we must first start by ensuring that the safety and health of our students, families, and staff is at the forefront of our plans. Ogden School District and T.O. Smith Elementary have worked tirelessly to ensure we are welcoming our T.O. community to a physically safe space where the best possible learning experiences can take place. 

We are prepared to follow the state requirements for personal protective equipment, hygiene and sanitation, and physical distancing throughout each school setting. We are committed to keeping families informed of the assurances that we have made to maintain health and safety as our priority. In our growing understanding of the recommended guidelines, it has become even more clear that we must work together. Families, staff, and students have had to change the way we interact and the amount of access that is available. Our usual greetings of hugs, handshakes, and high fives will need to change along with things like walking birthday treats down to the classroom or eating lunch with your student in the cafeteria. Even though these interactions will change, our ability to create joyous connections and memories will not. Together we can continue to connect and grow, but it will take patience, flexibility, and creativity.    

We are committed to continuing the work of our TIGER “3E” Mission to Educate, Enrich, and Empower. Along with our health and safety practices, we will continue progress on our goals related to School Culture, Literacy, Graduation, and Teacher Development. 

Now more than ever, it is important to meet the social-emotional needs of our students and staff. We will expand on the skills that our students have learned using the evidence-based Second Steps curriculum and Inner Explorer to build on students’ skills needed to interact with kindness and empathy toward one another and to increase their sense of belonging.  

We will need to work together to increase communication and connection amongst teachers, families, and community partners to make sure families and students are supported academically and in the home. We want to make sure if there are any adjustments in learning needs, we are ready and have plans set up with everyone involved, whether it is in school or through distance learning. For our goals and priorities to truly make a difference in each of our students’ learning, we need them engaged every day!     

As we navigate this interesting time of learning and collaboration and the new ways we do school, we have so much to appreciate. I am honored to work with dedicated teachers, resilient students, and supportive families and community partners. Together we will continue to accomplish our goals. Thank you for being a part of making T.O. Smith a community school.   


Keeli Espinoza

T.O. Smith Tigers

T. O. Smith Elementary is the home of the Spanish Dual Language Immersion magnet program, as well as providing exceptional instruction to neighborhood students. Our school offers a variety of enrichment activities including family nights, clubs and programs and is dedicated to providing educational success for all students.

The Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program is designed to build academic and language fluency in both English and Spanish. All students with varying abilities and backgrounds have the opportunity to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in two languages. Dual language immersion offers a rich bilingual experience for young learners when their minds are developmentally best able to acquire a second language.


Thomas O. Smith History

Thomas O. Smith Elementary building exterior

T.O. Smith Elementary School was erected in 1955, and first used by students in 1956.

The school was named for Thomas O. Smith on March 22, 1956, for the sincere appreciation felt by the Board and community to the Superintendent for his leadership and untiring efforts on behalf of public education; and as had been requested by hundreds of petitioners. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Utah, and his Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California. His professional education career includes 3 years teaching in Weber County schools, Teacher-Coordinator of the Part-Time School; Teacher at Ogden High School; Principal at Lincoln Elementary School; Principal at Washington Junior High School; Principal at Ogden High School; and Superintendent of Ogden City Schools from 1948 – 1969.

Lawrence D. Olpin was the Architect who designed the building, and Saunders Construction Company was the Contractor. The original cost for construction was $525,629.00


T.O. Smith Elementary

Vision in Action

T.O. Smith Vision

T.O. Smith Elementary School will educate, enrich, and empower students and families to allow us to become one of the highest achieving elementary schools in Ogden School District. We will accomplish this by using high-leverage instructional and social-emotional strategies to engage all students, data-driven planning with colleagues to improve professional practices and student outcomes, and an intensified focus on literacy instruction across all grade levels.

T.O. Smith Mission

TIGER “3E” Mission


  • All mindsthrough data-driven  decision making and differentiation leading to student and family success


  • Students and families by promoting character & citizenship development through social emotional learning 

  • Dual language acquisition


  • Students to choose their future by gaining college & career readiness skills

  • Students to gain skills in order to successfully participate in a global society

  • Families to be an active part in student success