2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in the Science Education
Kelley Smith teaches Anatomy & Physiology, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, and Biology at Coconino High School. He holds his Bachelors of Education and a Masters of Arts in Science Education from Northern Arizona University.
A quick glance at his teacher webpage shows he is organized and prepared for all of his classes. He provides resources, syllabi, and an events calendar for his students to use and also employs Google Classroom as an online interface for student resources, communication, and activities. Smith also has a link to a Classroom Management plan, which describes methods and strategies he uses in the classroom to practice effective pedagogy for his students. Some management techniques he lists are using eye contact, being firm, fair, and consistent and being honest and genuine with all students. He uses built strategies like “withitness” (Jacob Kounin, Classroom Management Theorists and Theories) and “back to the wall” (Deb West, PE Central) along with many other research-based techniques. He states some effective teaching strategies like giving students a choice of activities, using humor, and using hands-on, real world activities to motivate and inspire students in their learning.
Smith won Ambassador of Excellence in this year’s Flagstaff Teacher of the Year. This awarded him $1500, the opportunity to apply to Arizona Teacher of the Year, a three-credit course from CCC, a season ticket to Theatrikos and a spot in the Flagstaff Fourth of July Parade. He coached basketball for over 20 years up to 2017 and was named Grand Canyon Region Coach of the Year in 2009.
Smith shows his dedication to all students through all of the resources he provides for them inside and outside of the classroom. His ability to teach an array of advanced and AP classes show he is prepared to enhance the education of his students.