Marilyn Smith has been involved with WPA since it opened its doors in 2005! She is dedicated to the school – its values, charter, and people. She grew up in the greater Salt Lake City area, and graduated from the University of Utah. She worked as a foster care caseworker with the Utah Division of Child and Family Services. After spending 10 years raising her 3 children, she returned to work as a Teacher’s Assistant with WPA for four years in kindergarten, 3rd, and 6th grades. She loved it so much she decided to earn her teaching license and become a full-time teacher. She taught 4th grade for three years, and is excited to be teaching her "dream grade" - 5th!
Mrs. Smith enjoys traveling. She has visited 38 states and nearly all of the lower Canadian provinces. Her goal is to visit all 50 states and to travel to every continent – except Antarctica. She also enjoys hiking, reading, listening to '80's New Wave music, rollerblading, going to the theater, cooking, singing, attending her children’s concerts & recitals, doing puzzles & Sudoku, and watching Netflix.
Mrs. Smith loves everything about teaching and learning. She has a passion for great literature, math, and science. She spent 3 years living near Boston, Massachusetts, where United States history really came alive for her. She is looking forward to sharing her patriotism and love of the U.S.A. with her students.
Marilyn says, "I love to teach, and I love to learn. I especially love seeing the joy--and relief--on children’s’ faces when they finally 'get it.' I love WPA -- there is such a supportive environment for students, staff, and faculty here that I couldn't imagine a better place to teach!"