Mrs. Smith's 1st Grade Class


    Welcome to our 1st grade family! I am so excited to have each and every one of you on this adventure with me into imagination and dreams! We are going to have a wonderful year and I cannot wait to get started!


    About Mrs. Smith:
     I graduated from Millsaps College in 1998 where I earned my BA in Elementary Education with an emphasis on literacy. I believe you can teach most any subject, life lesson, or skill from inside a story.  Encouraging children to find their own niche and reading interests is my goal..for if a child can love to read..he/she will succeed! I started my career many years ago in 1st grade, later moving up to 5th grade! It was there I learned the truest art of teaching is in the relationships. I taught all subjects, later moving to ELA emphasis and even taught all boy classes for two years! I love to find ways to help our young friends learn that reading can be fun and all it takes is finding that perfect book! After leaving the classroom, I spent several years at home with my children, Grace and Harrison. During these years, I cultivated my skills by working with preschool children in early literacy. Such fun years! I returned to the school setting as a Literacy Specialist in 2015 where I worked with struggling 3rd graders who needed that little extra time to hone in on their reading strategies. In 2016, I came to MAE where I loved teaching 2nd grade for  two years, before getting back to where it all began..1st grade!  This will be my 3rd year working as a teaching team with Mrs. Flagge! See her bio below!
      Teaching is my passion, but being a wife and mother is my greatest joy! I've been married to Doug Smith for nearly 14 years. We have two beautiful children..Grace is an 8 year old "dancing queen" who will be starting 3rd grade at MAUE this year!! She is also a member of Encore Dance Elite dancers! Grace brings such joy and you will hear about her often! Harrison is my 11 year old son who will be starting MMS this fall!  He loves all things science/animal related. Harrison can figure out just about anything with very little help from instruction manuals! We bleed blue and orange! Go Jags!
    I've enjoyed watching many of your children grow as Kindergarteners and look forward to exploring great things in 1st!  We will use our hands, imaginations, and talents in all we do! Here we go!!
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    About Mrs. Flagge: 

    Hello! I am Wonda Flagge and I will be your child’s Assistant Teacher this year.  This will be my ninth year working as a First Grade Assistant at Madison Avenue.  I have a Bachelor Degree in Accounting. Prior to becoming an Assistant Teacher, I worked as an Accounting Manager for 21 years. I have been married for 33 years and have one child who is a senior at Madison Central.  In my free time I enjoy reading, crafting and spending time with my family.

     Flagge Family




    "Time invested in a child is NEVER time wasted!"
    "For if a child can love to read, they will succeed!"
                                                             Allison Smith