Library Staff

Mr. Paul Smales  
Digital Teacher Librarian (split with Hutchinson ES)

Welcome to the Library!

I was born in Blantyre, Malawi and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, where I attended school and later graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1999, while teaching in Lilongwe, Malawi, I met a young Peace Corp volunteer; we were married in Africa and moved back to the U.S. on Halloween of 2000, and Lakewood, CO in early 2001. We have lived in the Denver area ever since, where I have taught, English Language Arts, Robotics and been a School Librarian. In 2007 I graduated with a Masters Degree in Information and Learning Technology from the University of Colorado Denver. My son, Michael, was born in 2010, he too is a Jeffco student.

I enjoy reading, learning new technology, designing and creating, gardening, cooking, sport, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  I have been to many African countries, Germany, Thailand, Japan, a handful of Caribbean nations and visited Dubai en route to South Africa. In 2015 I became a full-fledged citizen of the United States of America.