Carol Smith has been involved in teaching and learning for over thirty years, as a classroom teacher, mentor teacher, private tutor, educational business owner, and in curriculum development. She received her BA in Psychology, and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from UCSD, and later returned to complete her Masters in Teaching and Learning Mathematics Curriculum from UCSD. She taught for 14 years in Oceanside, grades first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth, before taking time away from the classroom to raise her two sons. She didn’t end up leaving the classroom and instead was a professional volunteer teaching art, science and math at her children’s school for twelve years, while she also privately tutored and ran educational camps. She has extensive experience working with diverse students and has several years of training and certification in Gifted education, mathematics and science. She is passionate about teaching and learning and is thrilled to be coming to this campus to teach and learn with the students, families, and faculty.
Carol lives in Encinitas and has two grown sons, a cat and a dog she inherited from her oldest son. She has spent the last three years volunteering with San Diego’s refugee community, helping them to feel welcome, to navigate the systems, find work and enroll in schools. She has tutored them and formed strong relationships within the community. Carol is from Colorado and enjoys camping and the mountains! She also loves Disneyland and ice cream. Her commitment to students and families, ensuring their happiness, success, and love for teaching and learning is her primary concerns. Her belief is that, who you are and what you do, makes a difference in the lives of others!