Teacher in Focus: Noel Smith

by Celia Shortt

alt

Noel Smith, fourth-grade, Willis Road Elementary

Noel Smith teaches fourth grade at Willis Road Elementary School in Newnan. This year is his 14th as a teacher.

Why did you become a teacher? 

I became a teacher because when I was growing up, I had no male elementary teachers. I worked in a daycare one summer and liked it. I went back to college and got my teaching degree.

How long have you been teaching? 

For 14 years. My first two years, I taught in Carrollton. I came here in 2001.

If you were not a teacher, what would you be? 

I’d be some type of advocate — righting wrongs for the common man.

When you’re not teaching, what are you doing? 

I’m big into technology, tinkering and building things. I like to read.

What is your favorite book? 

The Hobbit.

What is your favorite movie? 

Kelly’s Heroes.

What is the best part about teaching fourth grade? 

When kids say they don’t understand, and then go “Oh!” You almost hear the knowledge deposited in their brains.

What is the one thing you want your students to learn? 

The importance of character. People say you don’t judge a book by its cover, but we are a visual species. It’s hard to be a good person.



More Education

Teacher in Focus: Dr. Penny Thomas

Dr. Penny Thomas has been teaching for 29 years. This year is her seventh in Coweta County and at Thomas Crossroads Elementary School. She t ... Read More


Welch's Patel wins 2015 Coweta spelling bee

Aanchal Patel won the 2015 Coweta County Spelling Bee held earlier this month at Coweta’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Patel ... Read More


Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest winners named

Newnan’s local VFW Post 2667 recently held its Patriot’s Pen essay contest for middle school students. VFW Post 2667 believes in ... Read More


WGTC announces GOAL, Rick Perkins winners

West Georgia Technical College named Ashley Wilson, a radiologic technology student on the LaGrange Campus, as its 2015 Georgia Occupational ... Read More


Education Briefs

Krutz earns academic honors at Lewis U Devon Krutz of Newnan was among those honored on the Lewis University Dean's List for fall semester ... Read More

Mercer-Newnan to hold information sessions

Mercer University’s Newnan Regional Academic Center will be conducting its spring information session on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 6 p. ... Read More