Stephanie Smith

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Stephanie Smith

I believe that all children are capable of achieving greatness. They just need to have people who believe in them. I am that person! I believe that all children are capable of learning and achieving anything they put their minds to, and as an educator it is not only my responsibility but my passion to ensure that my students believe that as well!
 
I began my career in the education field as an Instructional Assistant, working side by side with the lead teacher in a K-4/Preschool classroom. This was a position I loved very much because I was able to create a wonderful first experience with school for so many young students. During that time I realized that being a teacher was my calling and decided to  go back to school to pursue it. I graduated from Western Governors University with a BA in Elementary Education. I started at Oakdale immediately after my teaching internship and have been here ever since. I love the atmosphere, the students and the people I work with. We all are truly living the STEAM life!
 
I have been married to my wonderful husband for over 7 years now, and we have three children and a dog whom we adore. Two of our children are preteens and we have a kindergartner! They keep us pretty busy as they are all involved in so many extra curricular activities. In our free time and during the summer we love to travel. We are always looking for our next adventure and to make memories as a family. If we are not traveling, you can find us at home swimming, cooking or just enjoying our time together!
 
 When you get, give. When you learn, teach. - Maya Angelou