Ms. Smith has been the School Counselor at Libby since 2010.
I have no doubt that all students have the capacity to learn and should be given opportunities to do so according to their individual needs and abilities. I believe that students thrive on being challenged, and that rising to a challenge produces confidence, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
All students learn through methods of discovery and experience: their own personal educational adventure. I think that the role of education is to feed the desire that they have to learn by creating a safe and respectful environment where each student is free to explore and question, discover and grow. Students should be provided with an environment where they feel safe to take risks and make mistakes without the fear of being ridiculed.
As a whole, students require structure: a comfortable classroom atmosphere with a consistency that maximizes self-assurance and minimizes stress and distractions. Children need a learning environment where they feel comfortable and open to explore new ideas and concepts. Establishing a strong relationship with your students can give them the comfort and the confidence they need to succeed in the classroom and in life.
Morgan Park High School, 2000
Saint Xavier University: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, 2005
DePaul University: Master of Education in Human Services and Counseling, 2009