Wendy Westsmith, Ed.D.

Wendy Westsmith, Ed.D.

Lead Faculty, Child Development


  • Doctor of Education—Educational Leadership 2014 St. Mary’s College of California
  • Master of Arts – Communicative Disorders (specializing in Education of the Deaf) California State University, Fresno 
  • Bachelor of Arts- Communicative Disorders (specializing in Education of the Deaf) California State University, Fresno


Dr. Westsmith is currently Lead Faculty for Child Development  ECE / PK-3 at Jessup University. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction TK-6th Grade , Director of Special Services TK-12, and Principal of GT School of Innovation and Otter Creek School in Black Oak Mine Unified School District located in Georgetown, California.  In addition to her work with Black Oak Mine , Dr. Westsmith served as an adjunct faculty member at Jessup University prior to her current full-time position.

Dr. Westsmith has spent over thirty-four years in California classrooms, in both general and special education as a teacher. Her experience ranges from 1st to 10th grade, with a focus on primary education.  She holds teaching and administrative and  education specialist clear credentials. She is a true believer when it comes to education and teaching and can’t imagine a better profession. Dr. Westsmith lives in Placerville, El Dorado County and in her spare time you can find her exploring early childhood education first hand with her grandchildren Cosmo and Mabel or in Tokyo doing the same with grand-daughter Mia. 


Proehl, R. A., Douglas, S., Elias, D., Johnson, A. H., & Westsmith, W. (2013). A Collaborative Approach: Assessing the Impact of Multi-Grade Classrooms. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice

Westsmith, W. (2014). Leading from within—Northside school: A study of shared leadership. Saint Mary’s College of California.