Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Excellence Award

Mrs. Tonya Smith – Elkin High School

 The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce Education Excellence Award is given to an individual who has served the educational system of our community in superior fashion.

This year’s Award winner is Mrs. Tonya Smith, Elkin City Schools Band and Choral Director.  Mrs. Smith works with both middle school and high school students in two programs, Choral Music and Band.  Her love for music and for her profession is reflected in each performance that our students so joyfully provide for each audience.  Her interaction with the students, her nurturing attitude, and her positive words of encouragement  helps each student to strive to perform at his/her best level.  Her programs are well liked by the students as the choral and band programs have grown tremendously in the past few years.

One area that showcases her pride of her program is the many students who have performed in All County Band and Chorus and have performed in the North Carolina All State music competitions.  Many weekends are reserved in her schedule to take music students to Mars Hill, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh and other sites that hold music competitions.  Many of her students are now enrolled in various universities in music programs, following a love for music created by this Educator of the Year.

Mrs. Smith assumes many leadership roles on various committees for Elkin High School and Elkin City Schools, and has a never ending supply of energy and love in her role as a professional educator.

Tonya Smith with husband Mike and featured speaker Dr. Dennis Carroll, Provost of High Point University.
Tonya Smith with colleagues:  Mrs. Barbara Long, Mrs. Ruth Ann McComb, and ECS Board Vice-Chairman Dr. Richard Brinegar.
Elkin City Schools
202 West Spring Street
Elkin, NC 28621