About Us

PRINCIPAL MESSAGE


Keeli Espinoza

Dear Liberty Community, 

The Tigers are back home! The 2022-23 school brings exciting change and progress. As you may have noticed, we have transitioned from T.O. Smith to Liberty Elementary, and we will be starting this year in our new, beautiful neighborhood home. We have missed our families and can’t wait to see you all at our learning celebrations, in-person parent-teacher conferences, and pick-up and drop-off times. 

We are proud of our new school and the opportunities we will provide students to meet their learning levels and needs. All Kindergarten through 6th-grade students will actively participate in developing and understanding the IB learning approach as we continue our journey as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program candidate school. Our students and families have already started the process by helping to develop our school expectations and mission statement. Our mission is to foster a compassionate environment where students, families, and community collaborate to empower diverse thinking through inquiry-based learning that encourages internationally-minded citizens who successfully and actively participate within our diverse world as lifelong learners. 

We will meet this mission goal by committing to offer high-quality, inquiry-based learning through IB and the Advanced Learning Academy for learners who are looking for more in-depth challenges. Knowledge will extend from core subjects and integrate enrichment opportunities, including world language and culture, music, art, physical education, and library and research. Whichever option is best for your child, both rigorous learning approaches incorporate transdisciplinary units aligned with our Utah Core Standards allowing students to make global connections. 

Liberty learners will develop attributes of Knowledgeable, Courageous, Inquirer, Balanced, Principled, Reflective, Caring, Communicator, Thinker, and Open-minded. In addition, they will internalize and exhibit IB attributes at school, home, and in their community. 

Liberty Elementary is committed to empowering our students to participate in their education and become resilient lifelong learners. Together we will provide a positive and productive learning experience for all.

Sincerely,

Keeli Espinoza

T.O. Smith Tigers

 

Our school offers a variety of enrichment activities including family nights, clubs and programs and is dedicated to providing educational success for all students.

 

 

Thomas O. Smith History



Thomas O. Smith Elementary building exterior

T.O. Smith Elementary School was erected in 1955, and first used by students in 1956.

The school was named for Thomas O. Smith on March 22, 1956, for the sincere appreciation felt by the Board and community to the Superintendent for his leadership and untiring efforts on behalf of public education; and as had been requested by hundreds of petitioners. Dr. Smith received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Utah, and his Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California. His professional education career includes 3 years teaching in Weber County schools, Teacher-Coordinator of the Part-Time School; Teacher at Ogden High School; Principal at Lincoln Elementary School; Principal at Washington Junior High School; Principal at Ogden High School; and Superintendent of Ogden City Schools from 1948 – 1969.

Lawrence D. Olpin was the Architect who designed the building, and Saunders Construction Company was the Contractor. The original cost for construction was $525,629.00

School History

Vision in Action

Liberty Vision

Liberty Elementary School will educate, enrich, and empower students and families to allow us to become one of the highest achieving elementary schools in Ogden School District. We will accomplish this by using high-leverage instructional and social-emotional strategies to engage all students, data-driven planning with colleagues to improve professional practices and student outcomes, and an intensified focus on literacy instruction across all grade levels.

 

Liberty Mission

TIGER “3E” Mission

Educate

  • All mindsthrough data-driven  decision making and differentiation leading to student and family success

Enrich

  • Students and families by promoting character & citizenship development through social emotional learning 

Empower

  • Students to choose their future by gaining college & career readiness skills

  • Students to gain skills in order to successfully participate in a global society

  • Families to be an active part in student success