Our Welcome To Sanford Lee County Teacher of the Week honors Ms. Joy Smith of Warren Williams Elementary Alternative School. Ms. Smith has been at Warren Williams for the past 4 years, where she has taken an active role in working with students and their families. She teaches Early Childhood Pre-K and also serves as the Chair for EC and the School Improvement Team. Ms. Smith is also a mentor and a member of the school’s Family/Community Committee.
While Ms. Smith has an easy-going and flexible personality, she is also very driven when it comes to her students, and is an especially strong advocate for children with special needs, and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Smith sums up her teaching philosophy by noting, “I firmly believe that we are all unique individuals with our own set of strengths and weaknesses. It is my goal as a teacher to help each child grow and develop a strong foundation in all areas (social, fine-motor, gross-motor, language, adaptive and cognitive), that will help them grow into functional leaders in society.”
Ms. Smith has a BS from Meredith College in Child Development with B-K and K-6 Licensure, as well as a Masters from Concordia University in the Art of Special Education. She is also credentialed as a SEFEL Coach. In her spare time, Ms. Smith enjoys spending time with her husband and children, with special emphasis on camping, travelling, cooking, baking and doing word search puzzles.