Jenny Smithson is a 25-year educator in East Central Indiana. She is the Director of Special Education for Muncie Community Schools (MCS) and the Delaware Blackford Special Education Cooperative. She graduated from the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, & Humanities in 1992, and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master of Arts in Education from Ball State University. She taught special education at Selma Middle School and was a district level administrator at Alexandria Community Schools before coming to MCS in 2019.

Jenny currently serves as the ecoREHAB secretary for the board of directors. She was drawn to the organization by the STEP program and how it provides opportunities for young adults in our community to explore new possibilities for their careers. She also serves on the board of the Muncie Children’s Museum and on the Governmental Affairs Committee for the Indiana Council for Special Education Administrators. And finally, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Muncie Cradle to Career initiative and leads the social and emotional learning collaborative action network in their efforts to meet the goals of the MCS strategic innovation plan.

Jenny is married to her husband, Mitchell Smithson, and they live in downtown Muncie. She is a self-proclaimed policy and advocacy nerd and loves listening to podcasts and audiobooks to keep her up to date on the latest best practices in education. In all her other spare time, she loves to teach dance and binge watch hospital, police, and fire dramas on Hulu. More than anything, she is grateful for the family, friends, colleagues, students, and community members who make every single day here in Muncie an adventure!