Zach Smith was born and raised in Fresno, California. Growing up in with siblings with disabilities, Zach saw first hand the impact of exclusionary instructional practices. After graduating from Fresno State, he started his career as a special education teacher for 8 years in Sanger Unified (a small rural district outside of Fresno). Over the past 3 years, he has co-led the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for all teachers in Sanger. Zach has extensive knowledge in UDL; presenting, coaching, planning, and building organizational capacity around this initiative. Beginning in the fall of 2019, Zach will start a new chapter in his professional journey as a student in Harvard’s Doctorate of Education Leadership program in Cambridge Massachusetts. Zach, lives with his wife and best friend Dorothy, as well as their four daughters, Grace (8), Amy (6), Isabella (3), and Sydney(1). Zach is a passionate advocate for the power of inclusion to revolutionize the way teachers teach and being paramount for closing achievement gaps.
M.A. Fresno State University
B.A. Fresno State University
Doctoral Student – HGSE Ed.L.D Program