Educate, Empower, Encourage
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Biology, USC, 1989 M.S.P.H., Env. Health Science, USC, 1992 M.A.T., Early Childhood, USC, 1999
Mr. Pauley Smith
Well, Hello! I'm guessing that if you are reading this, I am going to be teaching a child that you know or care deeply about. You're probably wondering, "Who is this Mr. Smith guy anyway?" Please read on to find out more about me, and better still, come meet me on Monday evening (5-7 P.M.). Bring your child's supplies if you can, and if you can't, send them in on the first day of school. Either day is perfect. I'm looking forward to meeting you and your important first grader.
More About Mr. Smith
I am very happy teaching first grade. In fact, I feel Called to do it, as though I am serving a Greater Purpose. This is my 21st year teaching. I enjoy teaching children of this age because they are so eager to learn, and the tremendous progress they make gives me great satisfaction.
My family comes before my chosen profession. I married my high school sweetheart, Lisa Lee Smith. She practices law in Chapin, and we have three children, ages 16, 18, and 20. We have one in college, and two in high school. I am old in age but young in heart.
This is not my first career. Prior to teaching, I worked at SCDHEC in the Bureau of Water essentially as a scientist. I used computers to model riverine characteristics to protect water quality, and I conducted site visits to protect wetlands and minimize impacts to them. Before that, I attended the University of South Carolina conducting research in estuarine wetlands.
I enjoy many different activities including learning to play the guitar, landscaping, and home renovating. This summer, I built a screen porch on my house. I'm an avid disc golf player. I enjoy reading books to learn about stuff, and I enjoy traveling with my family. I like the idea of relaxing, but I do not seem to do it much.