Degrees and Certifications:
DEGREES Bachelors-English (2007) Masters- Special Education (2009) Masters- Elementary Education (2020) CERTIFICATIONS Special Education (k-12/ Cross Categorical) Special Reading (k-12) Mathematics (5-9) Elementary Education English (9-12)
Mr. Joseph L. Smith
My name is Joseph L. Smith and I am the Special Education department head at Carnahan High School of the Future. The 2020-2021 school year marks my 9th school year at Carnahan and 12th year in education. I am a Truman State University (TSU) alum. - I earned my Bachelors in English from Truman in 2007 and my Masters in Education from Truman in 2009. I currently hold education certifications in Special Education (k-12/ Cross Categorical), Special Reading (k-12), Mathematics (5-9), Elementary Education, and English (9-12). Last year, I earned my second Master's degree (Elementary Education) from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. As I consider myself a lifelong learner; I believe that learning never stops and all new knowledge will help me be a better educator for my high school students. I enjoy spending time with my family (my beautiful wife and 2 amazing kids) , writing poetry (I run the poetry club at my school), studying and making music, chess (I run this club at Carnahan also), working out, and playing on my PS4.
As an educator, I believe that all students are capable of learning when they are in a positive and encouraging environment. I think that learning can be fun and useful for all people, no matter their age, race, gender, or background. Nothing brings me greater joy than being able to say that I had a positive effect on a young person's life. I hope that I can continue inspiring our youth/ our future as long as God allows me to.
Thank you for reading- if you have any questions for me, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org- I look forward to speaking with you.