Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Eric Smith
Eric Smith was born in San Antonio and raised in Natalia. Smith, a 2002 graduate from Natalia High School, is from a fourth generation family in the Natalia community. Eric and his wife, Briana (Pacheco), who is also a Natalia High graduate, reside in Natalia ISD. They are proud parents of their almost 4-year old daughter Braelyn Noel Smith.
He has over 70 college hours from Palo Alto College and Texas A&M Kingsville in San Antonio where his studies have been in Criminal Justice, Journalism and Elementary/Secondary Education.
He served as Sports Editor/News Reporter at the Devine News for eleven years, before working as Sports Editor for the Pleasanton Express for three years. Following the Pleasanton Express, Smith joined the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Department’s Communication Division (continues to work there part-time) before returning back to the Devine News full time as their Sports Editor/Reporter.
He is serving his third term on the Natalia I.S.D. Board of Trustees and is currently the Board President. Smith first ran for school board at the age of twenty-one, where he was at the time, and the youngest school board member in the state of Texas. Smith also happens to be a third generation school board member as both his father and great grandfather served on the NISD Board.
Between serving his two terms on the N.I.S.D. Board, he was appointed to the Medina County Emergency Service District/Natalia Fire Department where he served as Vice President.
Smith has attended numerous state and regional school board conventions and workshops and represents Region 20 on the LAC Committee.
One thing that he loves about living in the small town of Natalia is being active in the community.
"I don’t believe our job is to just show up to a meeting one time a month. I believe our duty and dedication goes way beyond that," Smith stated.
Over the years, he has coached and volunteered his time to the Natalia Youth Organization, Natalia Little League and Natalia Youth Football League.
He also dedicates many hours throughout the year volunteering his time at various activities at Natalia I.S.D., including being a mentor in the Natalia High School Mentoring program where he has served for over three years.
"I truly believe we have one of the best districts in the state of Texas. Our staff gives 110 percent every day to ensure our kids at Natalia get the best education they can each and every day. It is amazing to see our staff go the extra mile, just to assure that these kids have a brighter tomorrow. At Natalia I.S.D., we Bleed Blue to assure we are:
“Building Lives, Utilizing Education.”