About Karen Smith...
Position: Special Education 7th and 8th
My goal this school year is to allow each student to see the positive impact they can have on their surroundings and to believe in themselves and their abilities. I believe strongly in being an advocate for my students' and ensuring that their educational lives can be successful as possible.
My Education and Professional Background
I have been in the teaching profession since 1995, working with students who have intellectual disabilities. I have a BA degree from ASU in Special Education with an emphasis on students with Intellectual Disabilities. In December 2011, I received my MA in curriculum and Instruction from NAU.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that regular communication is the key to success. Please feel free to contact me at any time by phone, email or in-person. My door is always open. If you cannot get in touch with me immediately, kindly leave a message either on voicemail or with the office staff and I will return your call as quickly as possible. I check my emails several times a day, so you should receive replies to your emails within a few hours. Keep in mind that emails are considered public record, so confidential I want you to know that I am not here only for your child; I consider it a privilege to work with the whole family. I realize that the parents are the child's most valuable resource and I want to work together as much as possible. If your child knows that you and I are on the same page, he/she will feel well cared for and will know that we will hold him or her accountable for their success.