Naomi Antill Smith, as an educator and passionate volunteer exemplifies the very best of Brazosport Independent School District. While in high school, Smith was a campus leader and involved with many organizations. As a junior, Naomi was the President of the Future Teachers Association – truly a foreshadowing of her future career. Earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston, a Masters in Vocational Education from Prairie View A & M and another Masters of Education from Texas A & M, Smith established the first vocational school in the Columbia Brazoria School District, taught marketing and sponsored numerous clubs and groups.
After the tragic loss of her son in a drunk-driving accident, Naomi Smith co-founded the first Mothers Against Drunk Driving Organization in Brazoria County. When Smith’s husband passed away she decided to become – in her own words – “A professional volunteer and an unpaid grant writer for non-profits.” While volunteering with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Smith spearheaded the group to respectfully return the Rosenwald School in West Columbia from the hay barn it had become to the historical monument and children’s museum that it is today.As a recipient of the City of West Columbia’s Citizen of the Year Award and a former nominee for Citizen of the Year in Brazoria County, Naomi Antill Smith can still be found serving in one of the many volunteer organizations in the county.