We Congratulate Jessica Smith!

Northside Methodist Academy



Valerie Thomley says her daughter’s teacher “goes above and beyond has gotten my little girl to be able to write her name where before she would cry even trying. Also when she has had issues has even called me to be able to talk to her.”

Jessica Smith is a K4 teacher at Northside Methodist Academy in Dothan and Wiregrass Parents’ Teacher of the Month for November.


“I began as a teacher’s aide in a preschool program and realized how much I loved the hands-on experience I had in children’s early education,” Smith says. “When offered a teaching position, I never had a doubt that that was where I was supposed to be.”


After five years of teaching, and a decade as a teacher’s aide, Smith says it’s “[t]he excitement on their faces and the hugs I receive every morning when they walk into the classroom” that keeps her motivated.


When it comes to her students, Smith says, “Anyone who knows me would tell you that I am a big kid at heart so it is easy for me to be on their level. However, my class has to motivate me on a regular basis when they clap their  hands and say, ‘Get it together. Ms. Jessica!’”


Smith says her students have taught her to be more patient and understanding. She says they’ve taught her not to sweat the small stuff.

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“With four year old’s there can’t be a favorite teaching moment – there are just too many to list!  You could only imagine the laughs that are shared daily in our classroom!

Knowing that she had a part in her students’ academic, social, and emotional growth throughout the school year is the most rewarding part about being a teacher for Smith. When her students leave her at the end of the year, she hopes they leave with the mindset to “always love learning, period.”

Jessica Smith briefly attended Hunter College in New York City. She has three Children, Luis Sanchez (20), Garrison Smith (14), and Madelyn Smith (13). She is dating Bryce Walters. They have three dogs, Cooper, Alice, and Dixie.

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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December Teacher of the Month: Jessica Smith

by Ashton Wright time to read: 3 min