Teacher in Focus: Karen Smith
by Celia Shortt
Karen Smith is the Title I Instructional Coach at East Coweta Middle School, as well the eighth grade language arts teacher. She has taught for 34 years with the last six being in Coweta County.
Why did you become a teacher?
I just knew it was always what I wanted to do. I had a very inspirational eighth grade English teacher. She made literature come alive. I knew I wanted to work with literature and English, too.
What is your favorite part of being a teacher?
When you see that spark. It may be a child you thought you weren’t reaching, and something just clicks. Also, trying to get them to see things in another way and teaching them to think.
If you were not a teacher, what would you be doing?
Some kind of counseling. Something that is nurturing.
What do you do for fun?
I have two grandchildren, and I like to travel and to read.
What is your favorite book?
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is my favorite classic. For pleasure reading, I enjoy mysteries. I also like to read books which are part of a series.
What is your favorite movie(s)?
Comedies, musicals, and Les Miserables.
What is your family like?
I’ve been married 36 years to my husband Reggie. He sells industrial equipment to companies. I have two daughters, and two granddaughters.
What is the one thing you want your students to learn?
To think, to communicate well, and to respect others and themselves.
What is the best part of being at ECMS?
It’s like being with your family. There is a very supportive administration, and people work well together. We have a tremendous community outreach. Students and families feel welcome here. It’s a professional, yet secure environment.