Citizens of the World school chooses principal


Citizens of the World Charter School, set to open this fall, has chosen a former Kansas City, Kansas teacher as its new principal.

Douglas Smith lived in Kansas City for 10 years and taught math at Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas. He currently coordinates the International Baccalaureate program at Pan American High School of Bahia in Brazil.

“As principal, I will work relentlessly to make sure all our students reach their full potential by becoming active learners who understand themselves and others,”  Smith said in a news release. “Families want to stay and raise their families in Midtown, so it is important that we develop a community within our schools, starting with our students. I am thrilled to be on the ground level of creating a high-quality public school in Midtown, a place that I am excited to once again call home.”

“As parents who have worked for three years to bring diverse, high-quality schools to Kansas City, we are thrilled that Citizens of the World is now one step closer to opening its doors in August,” said Kristin Littrell, co-leader of Kansas City Midtown Community School Initiative, which brought the school to Midtown. “Because of schools like Citizens, we believe more families will choose to live in Midtown, knowing they have public school options that will help their kids reach their full potential.”

Citizens of the World will start K-1 classes in August and expand to additional grades through 2018 and is currently accepting applications.


  1. Jim says:

    I have been associated with Washington High School as a student and then teacher since 1971, and do not remember this gentleman. Other teachers who saw this article have said the same thing. What year did he teach at Washington?

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