About Us


Keeli Espinoza


Dear T.O. Smith Elementary Community,

I want to extend my sincerest thank you for welcoming me to my new home. Each morning I have been greeted with smiles, hugs, and stories from our students along with friendly waves and conversations with parents and family members dropping their children off at school for a day of learning. I have met a multitude of community partners and families who have provided valuable input, time, and resources that have been used to remove barriers and create more opportunities. I have seen our faculty and staff work tirelessly to make sure students leave prepared with the necessary skills for success that will support them now and far into the future. It has been clear from the moment I arrived that T.O. is a community dedicated to providing our students with a safe, inclusive, and rigorous learning environment.

It is an honor to join this team. Together, we will continue our focus on the following goals:


  • Refine student pick up and drop off procedures to make sure students arrive and leave school safely.

  • Refine procedures to report possible bullying incidents and to prevent future incidents from occurring.

  • Increase celebrations of student and teacher success by making our classroom and common areas expectations a daily habit.  


  • Ensure all grade-level teachers have time to collaborate and plan engaging standards-based lessons with an intensive focus on literacy development through reading, writing, and discussion.

Dual Language Immersion

  • Provide students with a unique opportunity to grow and build fluency in their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English and Spanish.

  • Help set students on a path for future Advanced Placement, Honors, and International Baccalaureate coursework at the secondary level.    

Blended Learning

  • Support upper-grade level students by providing them with additional opportunities for individualized instruction to reach them at their current level of learning and push them to the next level using teacher-led small group instruction and adaptive learning technology.


  • Increase communication and connection among teachers, families, and community partners to reach our goal of 95% or higher daily student attendance. For our goals and priorities to truly make a difference in each of our students’ learning, we need them here every day!      

As you can see, this is an exciting time of learning and collaboration, and we have so much to celebrate.  With your support, we will continue to accomplish even bigger and better goals. Thank you for being a part of making T.O. Smith a community school.    


Keeli Espinoza

Principal and proud T.O. Tiger


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

T.O. Smith

T.O. Smith Mission

Positive Attitudes Will Succeed!