Name: Mike Smith
Subject and grade(s) taught: Healthful Living: all grades, all tracks
How long have you been teaching?
I have been working for the last 18 years in education. I was honored to receive the Teacher of the Year award at the Children’s Guild in 2001. The Children’s Guild is a private school in Maryland that focuses on students with disabilities, K-8 (i.e., learning disabled, ADD, ADHD, and emotionally and mentally disabled)
Who or what influenced you to become an educator?
My dad influenced me to become a teacher. Although his path took him through a college engineering program, he always encouraged me to play sports and to volunteer my time with the youth in my community. The more I spent coaching and interacting with youth, the more I loved it, and I eventually realized that I have a deep passion for working with kids and sports.
How do you spend your track outs?
I do not track out, but when I take my vacations with my family, we love going to the beach. Since I was a little kid, I always loved going to the beach and hanging out with my family and friends. As an adult, I do my best to keep that tradition alive. We alternate traveling to either Myrtle Beach, NC, or to Ocean City, MD, with family and friends each year. I love the ocean, boardwalk, rides, go carts, food, and creating great memories each year with my family and friends.
What are your hobbies?
Working out, staying fit, playing sports, coaching my son’s basketball and flag football teams, raising our lovely baby chicks, eating, swimming with my daughter, and just hanging out with my kids and wife. I am also currently training for the American Ninja Warrior television series.
What’s the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
The most rewarding part of being a teacher is setting a positive attitude and environment every day for my students, and teaching them to dream big and to never give up—no matter how hard it may get. Since I have been teaching at ECMS for the past eight years, it’s always rewarding to see some of my former students come back and visit and to hear about all the wonderful things they are doing.
If I weren’t a teacher I’d be…
A certified trainer for either an amatuer or college athletic team, or a director for a sports program for the YMCA.
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