Reed School Library
My name is Lindsey Smith and I am thrilled to be part of the Reed Elementary team of specialists, serving as the Library Media Specialist and English Language Development teacher. This is my first year in the district and I taught 4th grade for 12 years in a nearby district. While getting a degree in aquatic biology at UC Santa Barbara, I discovered my passion for teaching science to students and exposing children to the fascinating world underwater. My experiences in the elementary school setting have been nothing but positive and I look forward to bringing my love of community building and student leadership to the Reed campus. I was the chair of our Student Council for 10 years and school spirit is something I’m very passionate about, as well as community outreach. As an educator, I love integrating curricula from various subjects and placing an emphasis on the social-emotional piece as that is a crucial part of child development.
I was born in Marin, living in Tiburon until age 5 then moved to Novato. I have spent a lot of time on the bay sailing with my dad out of the San Francisco Yacht Club here in Belvedere and have amazing memories of this area. I feel very fortunate to have returned to Marin and continue to enjoy all of its beauty. My husband and I met swimming in high school for a local team and now live in Marinwood with our 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. When I’m not teaching or in the pool with my kids, I’m exercising and staying fit for my next obstacle course race.
In this new position, I look forward to helping kindergarten students become familiar with the library space and encouraging a love of reading from the start, and continuing with developing library skills for first and second grade students, as well as teaching digital citizenship to the students in a time where it is critical to help them become mindful digital citizens. I am excited to collaborate with and support the innovative Reed teaching staff, as I’m continually inspired by the many topics being discussed in the K-2 curriculum. I will be focusing on English Language Development during the start of the school day and look forward to getting to know these students and their families closely and support them in their classrooms, too.