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Mrs. Valerie Robertson Akins

I am honored and excited to introduce myself as the Interim Principal for the remaining 2023-2024 school year at Ben L. Smith High School. I have served for over three decades as a teacher, district-level math instructional coach, school-level principal, and principal supervisor of K-12 schools in both Reidsville City Schools and Guilford County Schools.


I am excited and eager to bring my experience and skills as an instructional leader to make this a seamless transition and to ensure that Smith High School continues to thrive and excel. As we move into the last semester of the school year, I look forward to visiting classrooms, participating in staff and department meetings, and meeting with school leaders to support all efforts designed to aid us in continuing the school’s historic focus on achieving academic excellence. I earnestly anticipate our collaborative efforts, aimed at aiding each student to realize their full potential, achieve their academic goals for the 2023-2024 school year, and finish the academic year on a strong note.


I want you to know that my door is always open, and I welcome the opportunity to meet with you. Please feel free to reach out to me via email at or via phone at 336-294-7300 ext.1110 (school) or 336.663.1149 (Google Voice) if you have any questions or concerns in this regard.


I appreciate the opportunity to serve you and your child. I look forward to supporting you for the remainder of the school year.




Warm regards,




Valerie Robertson Akins

Interim Principal