Golden Apple Award: Samantha Smith, Loftis Middle School
SODDY-DAISY, TN (WDEF) – English Language Arts is a vital part of a well-rounded education. Samantha Smith is great at making the page come to life for her students at Loftis Middle School. She’s firm, but fun and, she loves sprinkling in a big word from time to time.
Dr. Mary Catherine Gatlin is the Principal at Loftis Middle School.
She says, “Mrs. Smith is the heart of the six grade team. She puts her, her entire heart into loving on and taken care of and growing students and her colleagues as well.”.
Ms. Smith describes herself as, “She is a mom and a wife, a daughter and a teacher and hopefully a best friend.”
Sixth grader Hunter Wingfield says, “She lets us do a lot of stuff that most teachers wouldn’t like work with a group, and it’s really, it’s a lot more easy to be productive.”
Sixth grader Sidney Sullivan adds, “She makes all the lessons fun, and she is really nice, and she’ll take care of you if you need anything.
Ms. Smith says, “So my brother can vouch for this that whenever I was little I would line my stuffed animals up in my bedroom, and my dad put a chalkboard up in my bedroom and I would teach. So, yeah I think I was just meant to be a teacher. And then fast forward many years, and I found my birth parents and they are both teachers. So, I think it was just meant to be. I think I am who I am because of the wonderful colleagues that I’ve worked with, and my career they have helped shape who I am. My family and every student I’ve ever had the blessing to be a part of the world, and their parents have allowed me to teach have made me who I am.”