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CHS Chemistry and Biology teacher is 2018-19 Teacher of the Year


Renee Smith is the CPSD 2018-19 Teacher of the Year


Clinton Public School District

Dr. Tim Martin, Superintendent

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Media contact: Sandi Beason, APR



CLINTON — In her 28 years as a teacher, Renee Smith has continually looked for ways to keep her classes engaging and interesting.


“Teaching is an art, a challenge and a discipline,” she said. “It is a lifelong commitment.”


On Friday, Smith was named the Clinton Public School District’s 2018-19 Teacher of the Year in a surprise presentation in her class. She will go on to represent Clinton in the Mississippi Teacher of the Year program this spring hosted by the Mississippi Department of Education.


“Through instruction that is based on real-world learning, her ultimate goal is to expose students to the relevance of scientific concepts and ensure that her students are prepared for the paths they choose after high school,” said Clinton High School Principal Brett Robinson, one of Smith’s former students.


Smith began her career in 1987 and has taught at CHS since 1996, teaching Advanced Placement Biology and Chemistry. She was named Mississippi Chemistry Teacher of the Year for 2012-13 by the Mississippi chapter of the American Chemical Society.


She is also an adjunct chemistry instructor at Mississippi College and an assistant coach for the Lady Arrows slow pitch softball team.


Smith holds an associate’s degree in science from Copiah Lincoln Community College, a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry and a master’s degree in combined sciences biology/chemistry, both from Mississippi College.


“We are blessed with highly qualified teachers at all schools and grade levels in the Clinton Public School District,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “Mrs. Smith exemplifies all the traits of a great teacher, and she will represent Clinton well in the state Teacher of the Year program.”