Why Krystal Smith: In each school, there are young teachers who believe they can impact the life of every student and go out to show the world that it can be done. Krystal began her teaching career in 4th grade and was quickly snagged for the middle school, because of her incredible dedication to becoming an exceptional teacher. Kids like her and some fear her. She is gentle steel with her classroom discipline, she is genuinely interested in student learning and success and the kids how it. It is not only her classroom staff that has earned her this nomination, it is also her relationship building with students. She shows up for them and has worked to provide the students incredible assemblies this year. She has won the school’s first ever Fish Philosophy Award, for the way she makes students’ days fun and positive.

From left, Sharyl Allen, principal White Pine Middle School; Krystal Smith, and Stephen Bishop, president Ely Lions Club. (Courtesy photo)

From left, Sharyl Allen, principal White Pine Middle School; Krystal Smith, and Stephen Bishop, president Ely Lions Club. (Courtesy photo)

Krystal is a leader in our school. She is the 8th grade team leader, a member of the school improvement committee and where there is a need, Krystal volunteers. We needed another math intervention class this fall, Krystal volunteered. She is reliable, responsible and purposeful woman.

Krystal aspired to win a State Basketball Championship for White Pine High School, where she is in her second season as the head girls basketball coach. Speaking of coaching, Krystal coaches year-round for White Pine – middle school volleyball, high school basketball and softball. Why does she give so much? Her answer, “because kids need to have someone who is there for them. I just couldn’t imagine not giving to them in and out of the classroom, the skills that will help them be successful.”

Is there any doubt that she will reach this goal? Not a one. Why? Because Krystal Smith is a go-getter who is willing to do the work it takes to reach her goals. We are certainly glad that she is teaching at White Pine Middle School.