Dr. Keri Rathbun, Ed.D.- Principal
Keri Rathbun, Northside High School Principal, wants every student to have a plan for graduation and beyond. As a former counselor, Dr. Rathbun believes that high school should be a time for students to discover their strengths and find opportunities to help prepare them for college or career. Dr. Rathbun comes to Northside after spending the past six years as assistant principal and principal of Kimmons Junior High. She has been a counselor at Northside, Kimmons and Sunnymede Elementary. Rathbun graduated from Pocola High School and attended the University of Central Arkansas where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in music education. She has a master’s, educational specialists and Doctorate degree in School Leadership from Arkansas Tech University.
Brad Ray - Assistant Principal
Brad Ray, Northside High School Assistant Principal, believes that “a career in education gives one the opportunity to touch thousands of lives and to ensure a positive legacy.” Ray came to FSPS in 2010, serving as the Director of the Belle Point Alternative Center before assuming his role at Northside in 2013. Prior to working for the District, he spent 12 years in the Plano, Texas Independent School District and in Arkansas at Danville, Alma, and Cedarville Public School Districts. Ray graduated from Fort Smith’s Southside High School and attended Ouachita Baptist University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Education. He has his Master’s in Education from Arkansas Tech University and his Educational Specialist Degree from Arkansas State University. Ray is a member of ASCD and AAEA.
Jennifer Steele - Assistant Principal
Jennifer Steele, Northside High School Assistant Principal, believes that “the best way to predict your future is to create it," and that educators have the distinct privilege and responsibility to provide students with the tools necessary to experience success in their workplaces, their families, and their communities. Steele began her educational career in the Mansfield Public Schools and has been with the Fort Smith Public Schools since 1995. Prior to her 2013 appointment at Northside, she served as Director of Bands at Chaffin Junior High. Steele graduated from Paragould High School and received her BME at Georgia Southern University and her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She completed her Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas Tech University in the Spring of 2017.
Jared Meyers -Assistant Principal
Jared Meyers began his appointment as assistant principal at Northside High School in 2019. Mr. Meyers began his education career as a band director at Booneville High School in Booneville, AR. During his time with Fort Smith Public Schools, Mr. Meyers has served as band director then as assistant principal at Kimmons Junior High School. He has also served as facilitator for the Technology action team for the Vision 2023 strategic planning and is the Fine Arts Transitions Coordinator for grade realignment. Mr. Meyers graduated from Cutter-Morning Star High School and earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Science in Education degrees from the University of Central Arkansas. Mr. Meyers is committed to empowering students to develop a viable plan and relevant skillset for academic and personal success beyond high school.