Mrs. Smith's 1st Grade Class
Welcome to our 1st grade family! I am so excited to have each and every one of you on this adventure into imagination and dreams with me! We are going to have a wonderful year and I cannot wait to get started!
About Mrs. Smith:
I graduated from Millsaps College in 1998 where I earned my BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis on literacy. I believe you can teach most any subject, life lesson, or skill from inside a story. Encouraging children to find their own niche and reading interests is my goal..for if a child can love to read..he/she will succeed! I started my career many years ago in 1st grade, later moving up to 5th grade! It was there I learned the truest art of teaching is in the relationships. I taught all subjects, later moving to ELA emphasis and even taught all boy classes for two years! I love to find ways to help our young friends learn that reading can be fun and all it takes is finding that perfect book! After leaving the classroom, I spent several years at home with my children, Grace and Harrison. During these years I cultivated my skills by working with preschool children in early literacy. Such fun years! I returned to the school setting as a Literacy Specialist in 2015 where I worked with struggling 3rd graders who needed that little extra time to hone in on their reading strategies. In 2016, I came to MAE where I loved teaching 2nd grade for two years, before getting back to where it all began..1st grade!
Teaching is my passion, but being a wife and mother is my greatest joy! I've been married to Doug Smith for nearly 13 years. We have two beautiful children..Grace is a 7 year old Princess/ballerina/super hero/bug collector who will be in 2nd grade this year!! She brings such joy and you will hear about her often! Harrison is my 5th grader who loves all things science/animal related. He can figure out just about anything with very little help from instruction manuals! I love to watch him grow at MAUE! Go Jags!
I've enjoyed watching many of your children grow as Kindergarteners and look forward to exploring great things in 1st! We will use our hands, imaginations, and talents in all we do! Here we go!!
"Time invested in a child is NEVER time wasted!"
"For if a child can love to read, they will succeed!"