Gale Latimer
  • Gale Latimer


    EC-12 Principal
    School Counseling


    M.Ed. Educational Leadership-Lubbock Christian University

    M.A, Education Counseling-Sul Ross State University

    B.A. English with Kindergarten Endorsement-West Texas A&M

Ryan Rodriguez
  • Ryan Rodriquez

    Assistant Principal


    4-8 Social Studies
    EC-12 Principal 


    B.A. History- Eastern New Mexico University

    M. Ed.- Eastern New Mexico University

Beth Wells
  • Beth Wells



    Elementary Self-Contained (1-8)
    Elementary Music (1-8)
    School Counselor


    B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University

    M.A. Counselor Education from Texas Tech University

  • Principal's Message

    This is my 24th year working in Lubbock ISD! I have been a teacher, counselor and an assistant principal from elementary to high school level. I went to Monterey and to Texas Tech and graduated at West Texas State A&M. It is such a blessing to have lived down the street from Preston Smith 31 years ago and watch every brick be layed. Dale and I have two grown married children. Lauren and her husband, Ryan live in Temple with our grandsons, Colton and Chauncey.  Our son, Daniel is married to Kim and they live in the Woodlands expecting their first baby. I will be letting you know when Baby L is here!

    I am so thrilled to be the principal at Preston Smith! It is a school rich in tradition and I look forward to continuing striving for excellence. We have the most dedicated and hardworking staff in all of Lubbock. Our students strive for excellence with the support of great parents.. Each staff member adheres to our motto of "Every Child, Every Day." We celebrate our success with all distrinctions given by the state and look forward to our A rating again this year. You have the opportunity to volunteer at Smith and get involved in our very active PTA that supports us. PTA has generiously provided Smith with many gifts. We appreciate our PTA!

    My goal is that every student is a better person academically and ready to face the world with grace and resilience. It is always a great day at Smith and never better to be a Smith Star!