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


Meet Mr. Smith

    I am very happy be teaching first grade.  In fact, I feel Called to do it, as though I am serving a Greater Purpose.  This is my 23rd year teaching.  I enjoy teaching children first graders because they are so eager to learn, and because 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 18, 20, and 22.   One of them is a Winthrop graduate and the youngest two are at Clemson.  Do the math.  Yep, I'm old (but young at 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.  My current project involves a backporch renovation.  I'm also an avid disc golf player.  I enjoy reading books to learn about stuff (mostly history), and I enjoy traveling with my family.  I like the idea of relaxing, but I do not seem to do it much.