Minnesota State Teacher of the Year, 2011
Katy Smith is a licensed parent educator and community educator with two undergraduate degrees in social work and parent education from Winona State University. She has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy from Walden University. She lives and teaches in Winona, Minnesota and in classrooms, conferences, and businesses all over the state. Katy and her husband, Matt, have three grown daughters. Katy is the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the first early childhood educator in Minnesota, and the first parent educator nationally to be honored with the award.
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We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.
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Katy Smith, 2011 Minnesota State Teacher of the Year, shares how she partners with parents to improve school climate and student outcomes.