Teacher in Focus: Noel Smith

by Celia Shortt

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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.



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