Teacher Spotlight: Nancy Smallie, Mitchell
By Chris Mitchell '95
Manager of District Communications
Every Friday throughout the 2020-21 school year, Granite City Community Unit School District #9 features a teacher who is going above and beyond to better serve our students.
This “Teacher Spotlight” features Mitchell School 3rd-grade teacher Nancy Smallie.
Mrs. Smallie has been a teacher for 10 years, and been at Mitchell on and off since 2002. Before moving into the 3rd-grade classroom, she was the district's Elementary Gifted Teacher and a library aide.
"Since the beginning of the year, Mrs. Smallie has made her students and their parents her top priority. She sets evening hours for her families to help those parents who work during the day and have questions," said Mitchell Principal Lisa Yarbrough. "Mrs. Smallie is never too busy to help her colleagues in any way with questions they have about remote learning. She is a tremendous asset to Mitchell School and we are lucky to work with her."
Away from the classroom, Mrs. Smallie and her husband Scott have been married for 29 years and have three daughters, Dakota and Sierra Smallie and Summer Long.
She is also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and currently serves as the Service Unit Manager for Granite City/Madison/Venice and is the troop leader for Troop 62 who are graduating this year.
Let’s get to know Mrs. Smallie …
Where were you born?
I grew up in Granite City.
What’s your educational background?
I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from SIUE and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lindenwood University. I was a Financial Aid Advisor for about 10 years before becoming a teacher.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Who is the most famous person you have met?
I met Robert Irvine at Disney World and the band Confederate Railroad.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Cinco de Mayo - no decorating or gift buying - just lots of Mexican food!
Who is someone you look up to and why?
Ben Franklin. He left his mark on every aspect of society - education, politics, science, medicine and even music.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
My job is different every day. I start out the day working with my 3rd graders, hang out on the playground during lunch duty and end the day with a group of gifted and talented students in the after school Idea Lab class.
What have you learned about yourself as a teacher during COVID-19 pandemic?
I've learned that there is always more to learn! Incorporating all of this new technology into the way I teach was a little daunting at first, but I'm loving the end result. Besides the Google Classroom and all of the new forms and slides, I've learned to write Scratch code for Idea Lab, created Boom card decks for reviewing grammar lessons, made some Doodly videos and fashioned games out of multiplication facts.
For more information about Granite City School District #9, visit www.gcsd9.net.