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Meet new UV special education teacher Nicole Smith
It took 14 years for Nicole Smith to come home, but she finally made it. Smith graduated from Unadilla Valley in 2000 and looked forward to a chance to come back. Fast forward to this year, and she was hired as one of the district’s new special education teachers.

Smith received her master’s degree in students with disabilities from SUNY Cortland and previously taught special education at the Norwich City School District for eight years.

We asked her a few questions to get to know her better:

Q. Why did you want to become a special education teacher?
A. I always knew I wanted to have a job that involved working with children. I wasn’t sure it was special education until I started working in summer school with BOCES. I liked the feeling of the student’s accomplishment. It was exciting and big, and I liked seeing their progress and watching them grow. My heart just went out to making a difference in their lives. I felt like I had a good teaching connection.

Q. What’s your teaching style like?
A. My goal is to meet the diverse learning needs of each child that I work with. That can be challenging because their needs are diverse, but finding that one special way to meet their needs is my goal. Flexibility and patience are important and using all of their senses is also important. Maybe they are more hands on, visual or auditory learners. You have to find what works for them.

Q. What’s the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
A. When I see their growth and make progress. It’s really rewarding. Having them smile at you or give you a big hug is great too.

Q. What grades do you work with?
A. Kindergarten and second grade. I have 15 kids.

Q. What subjects do you cover?
A. Most of what I work on is math and ELA. I do some listening and learning which incorporates social studies and science. I also do integrated co-teaching and resource, which is pulling students into small groups and working toward their goals.

Q. What do you want parents to know?
A. One of the biggest things is that I’m open for communication, I want to work as a team, and I’m open to any questions they may have. That parent teacher relationship is very important.

Q. Why did you choose UV?

A. I live in New Berlin. I have two children, and one of them started at UV this year. I have many great childhood memories from this district and I heard from a lot of outside sources this is a great school to work in.

Five facts
Favorite subject in school: English
Favorite author: Nicholas Sparks
Favorite movie: Labyrinth
Favorite band: Our Lady Peace
Person in history you’d most like to meet: Rosa Parks







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