Camino Union School District Selects Matthew Smith as Principal and Boyd Holler as Assistant Principal

CAMINO, Calif. (October 22, 2014) – On July 22, the Camino Union School District Board approved the selection of Matthew Smith as Superintendent and Camino Elementary School Principal and Boyd Holler as Assistant Principal. The district includes Camino Elementary School and Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School, providing high-quality education to the students who live in and around the town of Camino located on Apple Hill.

Superintendent and Principal Smith is anything but new to the area and its impressively supportive culture. Before accepting his current position, he served as director of the Sly Park Environmental Education Center, principal of Markham Middle School, and teacher, assistant principal and athletic director of Camino Elementary School.

He completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Santa Barbara and headed north to California State University, Sacramento to achieve his master’s degree in educational leadership. His personal time has also been spent coaching sports teams throughout El Dorado County in soccer and volleyball, directing sports camps, and leading ropes course programming. Smith also enjoys time with his family and managing their family property in Apple Hill.

“I am honored to continue to serve the students, parents, families, educators, staff and community members of this exceptional school district,” Smith said. “I look forward to working with our dedicated team to transition Camino schools into this next generation of education. It is an exciting time for Camino to be a leader in the county.”

Assistant Principal Boyd Holler began his educational journey at Sutter’s Mill School as a kindergartener, moved on to Gold Trail School and graduated valedictorian of Golden Sierra High School. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, he received his teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento.

He served as a substitute teacher in El Dorado County and then spent two years on a remote, frozen island in Alaska teaching grades 5 through 12 in the same classroom. Holler returned to El Dorado County in 2011, where he taught at and helped to launch the Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School.

“I grew up in this amazing county and welcome this opportunity to repay the outstanding education I received,” Holler said. “I look forward to enhancing our existing programs and building upon ideas to create new and more innovative ones. My door is always open, and I welcome new partnerships that will maximize the potential of our outstanding students.”

The Camino Science & Natural Resources Charter School governing board will meet in August to select a new administrator.