B.A., Early Childhood Education, The University of Georgia
Kim Smith teaches Grade 3 and has been at Carolina Day since 2022. Kim moved to Asheville the summer of 2022 from Athens, Georgia. She has taught in both public and independent schools since 1993. In addition to her education from the University of Georgia, she obtained a reading endorsement from Georgia State University in 2004 and Reading Recovery certification from Clemson University in 1994. She considers one of her most valuable professional learning opportunities to be her yearlong Orton-Gillingham training for classroom teachers, which she completed in 2018. Over the course of her career she has worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and district level language arts coordinator. She is the mother of two adult sons and always has a rescued dog or two at her feet. She loves to play tennis, go camping, and travel.
Get to know Kim Smith:
How would you describe your classroom?
My classroom has been described by a former administrator as a “symphony of learning.” Walking into the room, students are engaged in various learning opportunities around the classroom. There is a low hum of partner conversations, students moving about getting and returning materials, and purposeful teaching in small groups. The climate is filled with celebration, encouragement, and praise.
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?
Dedicated to children and their learning, nurturing, fun-loving, and warm.
What personal passions bring balance to your life?
Spending quality time with my family and friends gives me a sense of peace. I enjoy exploring new places with my family while hiking and camping. We also love to go to the movies and find great restaurants. I love to be active and playing tennis helps me keep in shape and have an outlet for my competitive spirit.