Saturday, April 10, 2010

Teacher of the Year

This was posted on Facebook by Owassoisms, just wanted t remember it!
Katie Smith named the 2009-2010 Barnes Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Katie Smith has been given the honor of being named the 2009-2010 Barnes Elementary Teacher of the Year. Smith has held her teaching degree for seven years and has been a teacher at Barnes Elementary for six years where she currently teaches First Grade. In her teaching career, Smith has had the opportunity to serve on the Technology Committee, assist with staff development and manage her grade level website. She is a proud member of the Owasso Education Association and the National Education Association.

Mrs. Smith currently serves as a supervising teacher and mentor. She strives to create a positive induction experience for new teachers and believes that one of the greatest accomplishments one can obtain, as an experienced educator, is to convey a passion for teaching to new educators. Katie graduated from East Central High School in 1998 and went on to receive her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University. She is certified by the State of Oklahoma in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Katie is the daughter of proud and loving parents, David and Barbara Burke and has been married to Shaun Smith for seven years. Shaun and Katie have two boys, Parker and Chandler Smith, who are very excited about when they will attend school in the wonderful community of Owasso, Oklahoma. As for her students, Katie’s desire is to be the best teacher she can be every day. She has a sincere love and passion for her teaching career. Mrs. Smith maintains a standing belief that all children deserve the opportunity to have an excellent education and holds a mission to find as many different avenues as she can to educate students. Smith positively creates a classroom environment reflecting her belief that children learn best when they participate actively in the learning process. Mrs. Smith believes it is essential to create and facilitate a safe and comfortable learning environment that develops confident, successful, lifelong learners. She encourages students to believe in themselves and to do their best as they explore their imaginations. Katie celebrates with students in their accomplishments and proudly watches them grow socially, emotionally, and cognitively under the partnership between herself and their parents. Katie is very understanding and genuinely cares about every child she encounters throughout the day. She loves being a teacher and says there is no other profession in the world that could be as rewarding as making a difference in the life and mind of a small child.
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