Mrs. Mindy Smith


Mindy Smith has worked in education for 30 years – the past 12 in TUSD.  

Smith has served as principal of Nelson School for the past four years. Prior to that, she was a teacher on special assignment/instructional coach at Nelson and Jeane Thorman elementary schools. Smith also taught second and third grade at Arroyo Elementary School and kindergarten at Red Hill Elementary School. 

Smith has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from California State University, Fullerton.

“I am grateful to the staff, students and the families of Nelson School, and they have enriched my life more than they will ever know,” Smith said. “I look forward to this new opportunity at Orchard Hills, and I’m excited to meet the students, staff, and parents. I’m confident that we will accomplish great things together.”