Zach Smith was born and raised in Fresno, California. Growing up with siblings with disabilities, Zach saw first hand the impact of exclusionary instructional practices. After graduating from Fresno State, he began his career as a special education teacher for 8 years. Over the past 3 years, he has co-led the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for all teachers in Sanger, CA.
Zach has extensive knowledge in UDL; presenting, coaching, planning, and building organizational capacity around this initiative.
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