About

The Smith Papers are the commentary, thoughts, and work of Keith Smith, an American educator. Smith has lived and traveled extensively in Central America where met his wife Nidia in Guatemala. They have four children together and reside in Imperial County, California where Keith served on their local elementary school board (2008-2021). Keith and Nidia are both active in local school and church activities.

Keith is a veteran; he served nine years in the U.S. armed forces – four years active duty in the Air Force, and five years combined in the Army National Guard and Air Force Reserve. While on active duty he studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey and graduated with honors. He later served as a cryptologic linguist in the 93rd Intelligence Squadron. While in the Guard and Reserve he served in the 40th Infantry Division, and 452nd Civil Engineering Squadron respectively.

Smith holds Master’s Degrees in Education and Military History. In 2019 he published his thesis Forging the Steel Fist: Training for Mechanized Warfare and Combined Arms Maneuver at the Desert Training Center – California Arizona Maneuver Area During World War II. He holds California teaching credentials for Foreign Language and Social Studies. Smith is fluent in Spanish and still reasonably proficient in Russian. Currently he teaches Economics and Civics.