Year appointed: 2022
Averett University, Biology – B.S.
University of Saint Joseph, Biology with Certification in Emerging Diseases – M.S.
Lynn Smith grew up in southwestern Virginia surrounded by mountains, and this taught her to appreciate nature and instilled a fascination for the environment. The amazing talent of her high school Biology teacher, along with members of her family being educators, led her to pursue a career in teaching biology. Throughout her educational career she has been blessed with many opportunities. She began her career as a long term substitute and special education aide. She has been very fortunate to have experienced teaching Vocational Math, Biology 1 and 2, Honors Biology, AP Biology, Dual Enrollment Biology, Dual Enrollment Human Anatomy, Environmental Science, and Ecology.
Ms. Smith enjoys all outdoor activities including gardening, visiting State Parks, and kayaking, but being able to hike in the mountains and view waterfalls allows her to experience the essence and tranquility nature provides. John Muir said it best about mountains: “Climb the mountains and get their good tiding. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
Ms. Smith strives to be professional in helping students achieve success and learn critical thinking skills. She wants to inspire students to marvel at biology and possibly pursue a career associated with biology. She also wants students to understand that we have one planet and need to take care of it as well as ourselves. We need to see how Earth and ourselves connect.