Emily Smith

I was born in Anchorage, AK, but raised in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate NY. I graduated from Dickinson College in May of 2016 with majors in Psychology and Spanish and a passion for service. During my time at Dickinson I was lucky to be able to study abroad in Malaga, Spain, and to do research on unpaid domestic labor in Cuba, while at the same time immersing myself in various service organizations and serving as the captain for the varsity volleyball team. I am a lover of all things dogs (mostly my own), food (vegetarian only, sorry), and the outdoors (mountains in particular); and I’m passionate about empowering the people around me to create positive change in their lives and the world around them. I knew that following graduation I wanted to spend time speaking in a Spanish speaking country and working for an organization rooted in sustainable positive change, and I found the perfect match with BECA. I’m so honored to be a part of the BECA team this year, and I hope that in my time in Honduras I will be able to be a positive contributor at the Santa Monica Bilingual school and that I will broaden my own perspectives on aid and advocacy.

Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2017, 3:12 pm EDT

On any given day I wear many hats: friend, student, disciplinarian, counselor, piggyback ride master, zombie, to name a few. Each one equally as integral to my role as a teacher (especially if you were to ask the recipients of the piggyback rides). Teaching both first and second grade means that I have to simultaneously rely on the routines that allow my kiddos to comfortably navigate their world, and keep in mind that nothing will ever go exactly as planned.

Although every day brings some sort of new adventure, my typical day means finding a balance between school, my work for school and everything else in my life. After the last bell rings I can usually be found at a local family’s house tutoring or trying to squeeze in a couple mile run into that magical 30 minute window between when the temperature starts to drop and when the sun sets. After, it’s cooking some combination of fresh, in-season vegetables for dinner, lesson planning with co workers (read: some of the best friends I could have asked for), and trying to catch up with people from home (sorry Mom, sorry Dad, sorry everyone whose messages I never respond to!). At the end of every day I fall asleep the moment my head touches the pillow, sometimes even before that if I accidentally fall asleep on my couch. Every morning I wake up tired but fueled by the eternal optimism and endless love that can only be found in the classroom.

Check out photos from Miss Emily's dat at Santa Monica Bilingual School here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154518588876461.1073741873.4...