New Teacher Profile: Emily Smith is helping her students grow at Stepney

Emily Smith

Name: Emily Smith

Position: First grade teacher at Stepney Elementary School

Coming from: Taught fourth grade at Harry S. Fisher Elementary School in Terryville last year. This year is the second in her teaching career.

Grew up in: Oxford and graduated from Oxford High School in 2016.

Education: Graduated from the NEAG teaching program at the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2020, and earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction along with a Graduate Certificate in Educating Bilingual Learners in 2021.

What do you like most about teaching?

I love getting the chance to work with children. No two days are ever the same and it certainly keeps things fun and interesting. Above all, I love being a part of helping students grow. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a student who has been working so hard (whether it be academically, socially, emotionally, etc.) and seeing their sense of accomplishment when they succeed.

What do you most look forward to about teaching in Monroe this fall?

I am looking forward to being a part of the Monroe community this fall. The district has been so welcoming and supportive and I am excited to become a part of this collaborative community!

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