Shawna Smith
High School Dance Teacher

What is your commitment to urban education and why have you chose to work at SHPS?

My commitment to urban education is to do my best to make every child feel as though they can do and be whatever they want to regardless of their background or tough situations. I chose SHPS for many reasons, one to be apart of giving back to an urban community and two because having a black teacher increases low income black student graduation rate and I want to be a positive face for the children that look like me and those that don’t.

What are your greatest highlights in working in education?

My greatest highlight in working in education is inspiring young minds, being inspired by my students and creating meaningful relationships. 

What book ( fiction or non-fiction) has influenced you the most? 

The book that has had the greatest impact on my life is  “A new Earth” by Ekhart Tolle