Asbury, Ala. (WHNT) - This week's Tools for Teachers 319 dollar award recipient is Natalie Smith, a kindergarten teacher at Asbury Elementary School in Marshall County. Ms. Smith is being recognized for the energetic atmosphere she maintains in the classroom.
Asbury principal, Amanda Hollaway, tells us that Ms. Smith uses the latest tools to keep the drudgery out of school for her young students.
"The kids love her, she is fun and engaging, and she does a lot with technology. And that’s where we are now; we have these 21st century learners, and she is right on target with all of that," Hollaway said, "Times have changed, you don’t walk into a classroom and expect lecture and silence."
It was apparent even from our short time in Ms. Smith's class that a silent and rigid environment was not part of the lesson-plan.
"We read and we color and we dance and we sing songs together, and this is not just one person, it’s a family in here," Ms. Smith said during our classroom visit.
If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tell us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.