Growing up in the quaint town of Newberg, Oregon, Miss Smith was raised on a blueberry farm, which was also bustling with chickens, a goat, geese, cows, dogs, cats, and about any fruit tree one could imagine. It was a child's paradise! Throughout her childhood, hobbies that filled her time were piano, singing, playing the oboe, soccer, basketball, track, and youth group. Never a dull moment to say the least.
Even though she grew up on a farm and had much practice entertaining herself, all things being equal, Miss Smith preferred to be surrounded by friends in social environments. She gained energy from others and lived and still lives a very extroverted lifestyle. Being on sports teams, involved in numerous clubs in high school and participating in band were just a few of her social outlets.
After high school, Miss Smith had the opportunity to attend the University of Oregon, where she majored in elementary education, was an oboist in the Top Oregon Wind Ensemble, participated in intramural sports, led worship for a college church group, and was an avid Oregon Duck fan, attending as many sporting events as possible!!
During her sophomore year at U of O, Miss Smith was a Resident Assistant, managing a freshman women's dorm. This was a fun opportunity for her to plan events, get to know new residents and teach the residents about healthy lifestyle choices.
After graduating from U of O with a degree in education, Miss Smith attended George Fox University, in her home town. During her time at GFU, she became a student teacher at Middleton Elementary School, spending most of her practicum with Eric Beasley, and a smaller portion of her practicum with Ms. White. Both teachers provided her with great strategies, tips and tricks that she still uses today!
After graduating from GFU, Miss Smith spent one year as a substitute teacher in both Sherwood and Newberg and was a freshman basketball coach at Newberg High School. The following year, in 2007, she started teaching at Middleton Elementary School. She has really enjoyed teaching at such a marvelous school with fabulous students and staff! She believes that teaching is a very important job and thoroughly enjoys working with children every day.
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I learn. Involve me and I learn."