Hola Me llamo Señor Smith... Hello my name is Mr. Smith. I am a Spanish teacher in the Fine Arts Department. I teach Spanish 1,2, 3, & 4 this year. I am a native of Granite City. I graduated from GCHS in 1998. I went on to Belleville Area College (Now SWIC) to earn my Associate of Arts degree in 2001. Next, I attended SIUE and graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Spanish Language Arts & Liturature with an emphasis in Latin American History. During my course of study at SIUE, I was able to spend a semester abroad in Salamanca, España in 2004. In Salamanca, I completed an intensive language course at the Universidad de Don Quijote. In 2009, I returned to SIUE and received my teaching certification in Spanish.
I have been an employee of Granite City School District #9 since 2009. I began my career as a bilinguual aid and became a Bilingual teacher in the English as a Second Language Department in the fall of 2010. After 7 years as a Bilingual Teacher, I am excited to began a new adventure as a Spanish Teacher.
In addition to teaching, I enjoy traveling to Spanish-speaking countries. So far I have traveled to Argentina, México, and España. I leave you all with this quote from Mark Twain,
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”