Theressa Smith, Middle School science teacher
Poison Spider School in Casper, WY
I am a second year science teacher teaching grades 5-8 at a rural school in Casper, WY. This is my 2nd year teaching and my school community has blown me away with how quickly they welcomed and accepted me. I had a wonderful first year, and my community has offered me so much support and caring that I can't imagine wanting to teach anywhere else. As a rural school teacher I have so many more opportunities to incorporate place based learning in my classroom. This helped me build strong relationships with my students, colleagues and parents.
I am looking forward to supporting other rural science teachers through my participation in the YEA Council!
The Young Educators' Advisory Council is an initiative for early career rural teachers. These young educators will serve RSC as advisors to strengthen our mission in the recruitment, preparation, and retention of rural teachers. YEA council members will serve for two years engaging in online conversations.