November Teacher of the Month: Taylor Smith

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Taylor Smith (Teacher A-7)

Congratulations to our very own Taylor Smith for being our November teacher of the month! We are so grateful for everything you do for our students and school.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching at Oak Creek Academy?

Of course, the kids. I look forward to what each day brings for me and my kiddos. I also love how much the teachers have come together and the love we all have for each other. 

Q: Is there a teacher you’ve had who especially inspired you?

Mrs. Goodnight was the first teacher I was with at Oak Creek Academy, watching her teach always made me happy. Mrs. Rae is another teacher who has inspired me, she started as a therapist then decided to become a teacher. I love the way that she runs her classroom. She is always happy when she comes in and she wants nothing but the best for her kids. 

Q: When did you realize you wanted to be a teacher?

I realized I wanted to be a teacher about 4 years ago, I remember having Mrs. Goodnight’s class on the non academic days and I enjoyed teaching during this time. When I heard there was an opening in one of the rooms, I jumped at the opportunity and never regretted my decision. 

Q: What have your students taught you?

My students in A-1 taught me patience, that everyone learns different and how to be a child at heart, lol. It was different going into my high school class, they were all grown! They taught me how to be understanding, that learning is very important to them and how to be a better teacher. 

Q: If there’s one thing you’d like your students to learn from you, what would it be?

To love and respect everyone! I want them to know that they are always loved! They are all intelligent young adults and I am so blessed to have them! 

Q: Do you have a memorable classroom experience you’d like to share?

I want to say my most memorable experience in my classroom, was reading The Outsiders. I have always wanted to read this book with a class and my kids enjoyed it. When we all showed up to school dressed like Socs and greases, I was in my happy place, lol. It was awesome! I can’t wait for the memories we will make in the future.

Q: Anything else you’d like to say or share? 

I would like to thank Mrs. Rae for always keeping my confidence up. There have been times that I have struggled at being a teacher and she was always there to tell me “you’re doing great”. I would also like to thank Mrs. Jenn for not getting annoyed with me for asking about the wifi all the time, lol. 




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