Meet the Teacher!

“To learn and never be filled, is wisdom; to teach and never be weary, is love.”--Author Unknown

At the Zoo, August 2017
 --Milo, & Millie

                              At the Zoo, August 2017
                                          --Smith Family

                         2nd Grade Team, June 2017
                          --Mrs. Koenig & Mrs. Smith
Hello second-grade students and families,
    I am a second-grade teacher at Greenwood Elementary School.  I am especially excited to teach at Greenwood, because I also attended Greenwood as a student for 6 years (1st-6th grades).  The gorgeous canopy of trees that line Spruce Street are still my favorite scenery for a stroll.
    Educationally, I attended school in the La Grande School District--finishing at LHS.  After high-school I earned a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Oregon University.  I majored in Multidisciplinary Studies, with minors in Elementary Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages.  I continue to participate in professional development opportunities through this campus.  I recently added a reading endorsement to my license.  In June of 2015, I completed my Master's degree in education.
    Professionally, I have been working as a second-grade teacher for 6 years.  I have also worked as a substitute teacher, a first-grade teacher and as the district ESL specialist.  I regularly teach summer and extended day programs.  This range of experience has offered many valuable learning opportunities--all of which I have loved.
    Personally, I love to read and spend time with my children and husband.  I have two kids.  Milo, my four year-old son, will be starting pre-K this year.  He prefers to go by "Batman" and is so much fun and growing fast.  He loves to read, his favorite book right now is DC Super Heroes, The Ultimate Pop-Up Book, by Matthew Reinhart.
    I also have a daughter, Millie.  She is 19 months-old.  She is an avid reader and loves snacks.  She has too many favorite books to count and is often seen carrying a stack through the house.
    My husband, Robert, is the Warehouse Manager for Boise Cascade Elgin Complex.  He is very musically talented and so much fun.  He is my very best friend.
    Enough about me!  I look forward to teaching, learning, and sharing together in the future!

Mrs. Smith