• Smith

    Jamie Smith:

    has been working in the Fitness Field for 18 years as an Athletic Director and Fitness Instructor. He started at Wasilla High School in 1990 as a Personal Fitness Instructor for students with special needs. He also worked for five years at Big Lake Elementary as a Physical Education teacher for kids K-6th grade. In 1996 Mr. Smith than transferred to Houston High School where he became the Athletic Director as well as the High School Physical Education Teacher. After 10 great years he than took a year off from the teaching field and became the Head Coach and General Manager of the Alaska Avalanche Jr. "A"Hockey team. While remaining the General Manager of the team, Mr. Smith currently is teaching as a Fitness Instructor at the Mat-Su Career Technical High School. "I got into this field for one reason to assist in the development of a child's education"


    Joe Gardner:


    Teaching Experience


    I have been teaching in the district since 2001 where my first experience was at Palmer High School and Pioneer Peak Elementary while doing my student teaching. My first year as a certified teacher I taught at Wasilla High School in the S.M.A.R.T. program. During that first year I was also an assistant football and track coach. My next couple of years at Wasilla High School I was the Athletic Director and head football and track coach. My last two years at Wasilla High School I taught Health and was an assistant track coach. I have been at CTHS since 2008.







    Coaching, hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, running, biking, skiing, and traveling. I also enjoy watching the Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies and Bobcats.


    Professional Interest


    My career choice has stemmed from when I was in high school; I helped coach a Pop Warner football team. Also, in high school, prep sports gave me curiosity in how the body works and the understanding on how important physical fitness was. While attending college, I was unsure of how to find a career that would accommodate my true interests in health and fitness. After a few semesters of general classes, I had come to the conclusion that a P.E. teacher and Coach would allow me to pursue my interest even beyond college. Since health and physical fitness are constantly evolving, I feel that teaching gives me the opportunity to not only learn, but to communicate that information to young people. The satisfaction in doing what I love is truly exciting for me everyday.


Last Modified on March 1, 2016