Meet my Guest of Honor – Stefany Smith

new logoToday’s Guest of Honor is Stefany Smith and she is the teacher behind Tutoring Supplies by Design TeachersPayTeachers store. She can also be found on her Facebook page! Please visit these locations and leave her some “love” 😉

Here are Stefany’s answers to my interview:

How long have you been a teacher?

2-13 years

Why did you become a teacher?

13 years ago I began teaching my own children because I saw such a “bursting of the seams” epidemic in our public schools. I’ve always loved learning and also wanted to be part of my children’s education.
5 years ago I went back to school in pursuit of a teaching degree. I began using that degree professionally as a private tutor a little more than 2 years ago.

Which grades have you taught so far?

pre-k through 9th

What subjects do you rather teach?

math and reading

What is your favorite aspect of being a teacher?

aha moments. That second when the light bulb flickers, fades, then comes on bright and strong. I live for those moments, in myself and experiencing them with others.

Tell us about the teacher that most made an impression on you as a student.

Ms. Turner. I had her for 7th and 8th grade English. She was tough, but caring. She gave me extra time before and after class. Mrs. Turner taught me much more than how to conjugate verbs. She helped me discover the inner writer in me, and showed me that adults can affect the lives of children in positive ways.

Tell us a funny/interesting story that happened to you during your career as a teacher.

I had tutored a little Kindergartner for about a year and then his father had to discontinue services for extreme financial reasons. I still tutor for one of their family members. A few months ago he was visiting the family I currently tutor. He asked if I had my bag with me. Which, of course I did. He then asked if I still kept fun stuff in it. Which I of course responded with yes. To which he replied, maybe you can tutor me when your done with my cousin!
It’s not really a funny story, but on those days I wonder if I’m making a difference I reflect on that day because I know I had made learning fun and interesting to that one little boy!

What advice would you give a new teacher? (Something that you wish you had known when you first started.)

Don’t let them see you sweat! here very nature is to challenge you, so it better to go home with a small hole in your lip than give them ammunition!

What does your ideal classroom look like? 

In one word? FUN. But also, lots of books and cozy corners to read. Plenty of independent work stations. Areas to stand, sit, or recline to work. Possibly an outside corridor as well, with a garden maintained by students.

What drove you into becoming a Teacher-Author at TeachersPayTeachers?

A desire to share my creations and materials with others like me and a need for a little extra cash that wouldn’t take me away from my kids (whom I still homeschool).

From all the products in your store, which one is your favorite and why?

Multiplication games because it epitomizes my philosophy of learning.

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Anything else about yourself that you would like us to know?

I think you covered it all very well!

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Take care,

Catia

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