Kate Smith


Matthews, North Carolina

What or who made you want to become a teacher?

The reason I want to become a teacher is so that I can create a safe and comfortable space for those who may not have that at home. I want to give students confidence in themselves through learning so that they can be the best of what they can be. Students deserve to be treated equally to everyone else no matter what background or disability and I want to be able to provide that to my students.  

Why Appalachian?

I chose Appalachian because of all of the amazing teachers that I have had through my early education. These teachers were the ones that I could truly connect with. Appalachian started as a teaching college and has so many high standards for its teachers, which is something so inspiring for a future educator. Also, I love football, and what better football family than App State!

Why did you want to become an Education Peer Ambassador?

I wanted to become an Education Peer Ambassador so that I can tell all future educators that Appalachian is the place to be. If you want to be an amazing teacher who impacts student's lives, our professors will be teaching you how while they impact your own life.  

What tips or advice do you have for incoming freshmen and/or transfer students about majoring in education?

A tip I have for first-year students and/or transfer students who are majoring in education is to make sure you are using all of the resources that are provided to you including the James Center for Student Success and Advising, professional development, special speakers, etc. There are so many opportunities in the Reich College of Education that can make you the amazing teacher you dream of being.

Title: Special Education

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