OGDEN -- High school students will soon see a new side to Ogden School District Superintendent Brad Smith -- the teaching side.
Smith will teach a class at Ogden and Ben Lomond high schools next year.
The decision came about for a couple of reasons, Smith said.
First, Smith has asked teachers in common core subjects to try to have common preparation periods -- with the intent that those teachers collaborate and better meet the needs of students -- particularly in the math department.
However, in so doing, it complicates the schedule and limits the classes students can take during those times.
So Smith offered to help alleviate some of the complication by teaching a constitutional law class, which will be an elective for juniors and seniors.
"We are really trying to focus and push our math instruction ... I want to do my part to help in that," Smith said.
Second, Smith said, the teaching opportunity gives him a chance to be in the trenches with the teachers as well as get to know many of the students.
Ben Lomond Principal Ben Smith thinks it will be a win-win for everyone involved.
"It will give him a perspective from the teachers' side of things," Ben Smith said.
School board president Shane Story agrees.
"It will be a good opportunity for him to learn what it's like in the classroom," Story said.
Plus, both Story and Ben Smith like the idea that the superintendent will be spending time with students. "Our schools can always use teachers with different experiences," Story said.
Brad Smith has already received a letter of eminence from the state, which allows people with certain areas of expertise to come and teach a class or two.
Brad Smith said it is different than an alternative route to licensure, where the candidate teaches full time with the intent of obtaining a teaching certificate. The letter of eminence only allows teaching in a narrow field and not for full-time teaching.
Brad Smith said he will not accept extra pay for the class.
"It's not something we have to provide and principals are always looking at ways to max out our FTE's," Ben Smith said.
The superintendent knows rumors have been circulating about him teaching, but doesn't know how widely known it is.
"Teachers are always asking the administrators to come and teach a class. I think this will be very positive," Brad Smith said.