Feb 10

Elkin City School’s Teacher of the Year 2011/2012


                                                                                                                                                                                           Mrs. Tonya Smith, Director of Band and Choral (Grades 7-12), has been selected by her peers as Elkin City Schools Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012. Mrs. Smith is an excellent example of what it means to be a professional music educator. Besides being a gifted musician, she has a heart for teaching music to students. She is never happy with “status quo” and looks above and beyond her job requirements to encourage students to participate in extracurricular music opportunities, whether that is at the district, regional or state level. Ensuring student success in events such as the Surry Honors Chorus; the All-County and All-District Band; the Mars Hill Choral Clinic, and the North Carolina Honors Chorus.Mrs. Smith began her education by earning her degree in Music Education from Catawba College in 1989. Prior to that time, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Elon College and also attended Appalachian State University studying general curriculum. Mrs. Smith decided along the way to go back to school to become an official teacher in music. Her professional teaching career includes teaching music in Wilkes County Schools in the early 1990′s; teaching music and chorus with Elkin City Schools for 10 years from 1991 � 2001; becoming the Director of Music Ministries for Elkin Presbyterian Church from 2001 � 2006; returning to Elkin City Schools in 2007 as the Chorus Teacher then moving to a Chorus and Band teaching position in 2009, and finally to her current role as the Director of Band and Choral, Grades 7 � 12.Her beliefs are that the school and community must work together to better serve the lives of our students. She also believes that all her life experiences have helped mold her into the great educator that she is today whether that is serving in the church, the school, the community or anywhere she is called to serve. Mrs. Smith lives by the thoughts that education is an ever-evolving profession with challenges and changes that come every day. She believes educators must work together to continue to find solutions and give every child the best possible education.