Journal of a Fast Track Life and Lessons Learned Along the Way
Book Feature - Journal of a Fast Track Life and Lessons Learned Along the Way by Charles E. Smith
HBL Note: Did you know I come from a family of educators? My mom was an elementary school principal and my dad was a middle school principal. I grew up swearing I would have nothing to do with teaching. Then I became a college professor - you never know where life will take you! In my defense, teaching college students is much better than teaching children. Anyway, back to the book...when the publicist for this book reached out to me detailing Charles' long career in education and journalism, I was eager to share the book with you!
From the publisher:
Charles Smith’s life story is that of a small town kid with no silver spoon whose first job was editor of the hometown newspaper he once delivered as an eight-year-old. Forty-two years later he was in Washington, D.C., serving in George W. Bush’s administration as executive director of the Nation’s Report Card (NAEP), arguably the most impactful federal initiative to improve education in modern times.
In between, he served as editor of a daily newspaper, chancellor of two University of Tennessee campuses, Tennessee Commissioner of Education, and chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents.
While this book chronicles Smith’s personal odyssey, the lessons imbedded in his story have broad application to readers seeking a pathway to success in any career.