Hello Smith families, my name is Jana Kline and I am thrilled and honored to be your Principal! I am excited to begin my third year as Principal and fourth year as a Shark. I came to Alberta Smith as Assistant Principal in 2016, and prior to that I served as Assistant Principal at Harrowgate Elementary for four years. I began my career in administration as the Administrative Assistant at Evergreen Elementary after having taught fourth grade there. When my family moved to Chesterfield County, I taught fourth grade at Marguerite Christian Elementary. This will be my 15th year in Chesterfield and my 25th year in education. I absolutely love working with children and watching them grow and learn.
I am a native of Tennessee and began my teaching career in grades 3 through 5. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University and my Masters and Education Specialist degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee. My husband’s job transferred us to Chesapeake and while teaching there, I completed my Administration and Supervision Endorsement from the University of Virginia.
I live in Midlothian with my husband, two children and our Beagle rescue dog. I have a high school aged daughter and a middle school aged son who both attend CCPS schools. My husband and I love watching Tennessee and SEC football when we’re not at the baseball and softball fields supporting the Kline kiddos. I enjoy reading, walking and spending time with my family; many times all of those are done at the ball field!
I believe in classroom and school communities and forming personal relationships with students – which leads to establishing connections with families. I look forward to building relationships with our new families and continuing the great work here at Smith!