Dr. Gaylen Smyer
Welcome to the Cassia County School District. This is a great school district! The Cassia County School District encompasses most of Cassia county and parts of Twin Falls and Oneida counties and is located in south central Idaho. We border both Nevada and Utah to our south and the Snake River on the north. The Cassia school system serves over 5300 students in 17 different accredited schools located in six different communities. School district personnel work diligently with parents and community members to provide students with a comprehensive education that is preparing them for success in post-secondary educational and career opportunities.
On a personal note, I am a third generation Cassia County resident that is proud of this community and its schools. My wife, Carolyn, and our three daughters are all products of the Cassia County School system and we have been well served by our educational experience as we have pursued higher education and careers.
I am a graduate of Declo High School. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education from Utah State University. I taught high school agriculture and served as the FFA Advisor at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah and at Burley High School. I taught at Burley High School from 1979 through 1998. As an Agricultural Instructor and FFA Advisor I had the pleasure of working with a great group of students who, along with the support of parents and community, were able to accomplish incredible things. Those youth inspired me to work harder and become better so I could contribute to their learning and prepare them for the world that awaited. These students became part of my extended family and played a significant role in influencing my children during their school age years. Encouraged by their success and desire to learn, I completed a Master's in Agricultural Education from the University of Idaho and an administrative endorsement through the College of Idaho. In 1998 I was named as the first Director of the Cassia Regional Technical Center, a position I held until 2007. I also taught Automated Manufacturing during the time I served as director. I completed an Educational Specialist program through the University of Idaho in 2003. I was named the Cassia School Superintendent in 2007 and completed a doctoral program in Educational Leadership.