Meet Amelie Smith

Program Manager at TEACH

Today, Amelie can think of no role more rewarding than that of educator, but it was serendipity that led her to pursue an education career. As a sophomore at Beloit College, she became a reading tutor for a third-grader. It was in between helping the student master her vowel sounds and become more confident in her reading that Amelie had the lightbulb moment that cemented her love for education. With a teaching certification in hand, Amelie went on to earn her Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Having been challenged by dyslexia during her elementary school years, Amelie experienced first-hand the difference that an exceptional teacher has the opportunity to make in a child’s life. Her career has since focused on providing students with the opportunity to grow and succeed. As a Program Manager at TEACH, Amelie has the opportunity to do just that, empowering teachers to create a high-achieving and positive learning environment for all students. When she’s not working alongside educators, you’ll find Amelie chasing around her new puppy, Reese, or venturing outdoors for a therapeutic hike or run.

TEACH: What do you love most about working in education?
AS: It’s about creating an opportunity for all people to reach their full potential and, hopefully, to help eliminate the inequities that exist across communities. Education provides a vehicle for ensuring that everyone has an avenue on which to achieve their own goals and reach success, whatever that looks like for them.

TEACH: At the end of the day, what is one thing you find most fulfilling about your job?
AS: I think it goes back to why I’m attracted to TEACH. If I can give someone – student or teacher – the opportunity to grow and shine by helping them master something or helping meet their needs, that’s a successful day. I love doing that.

TEACH: Who do you consider one of the great teachers in your life and why?
AS: My fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Ridling, was probably one of the toughest teachers I’ve ever had. She had high expectations and held us to that bar, but if you worked hard and demonstrated a desire for learning, she would reinforce that and help us improve and grow.

When I was identified with dyslexia, she connected with me through her own story. She assured me that while success may look a little differently for me, she would be there to support me. Knowing she had my back translated into confidence and independence. She truly cared. She believed in our potential. She knew we could do it. She just needed us to believe in ourselves too.

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Support TEACH

When you shop at smile.amazon.com Amazon donates

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2900 Weslayan, Suite 375
Houston, TX, 77027

Email

info@toeducateallchildren.org

Phone

713.300.1097

Copyright © 2021 Knowledge Arts Foundation D/B/A To Educate All Children | Website by ASTOUNDZ