Meet the 4th Grade Team
Mrs. King is an Idaho transplant and has been in Pocatello for 22 years. She was born in Texas while her parents were on summer break from teaching school in Alaska. She grew up in several small villages and towns in Alaska, and she moved to Idaho for college after graduating from high school.
While participating in a school tutoring program when she was in the fourth grade, Mrs. King realized she wanted to be a teacher. Watching the first grader she tutored experience success motivated her to want to do more. She loves being a part of her students' lives and enjoys watching them as they progress and expand their capabilities. She is currently in her 23rd year of teaching and her 20th year at Gate City.
Her favorite hobbies are reading and spending time with her family, which includes two grandsons. She is also an avid sports fan!
Mrs. Smart has worked in education for over a decade. She began as a sign language interpreter in 2007 in Blackfoot, ID. After a transfer to the Pocatello School District in 2008, Mrs. Smart continued working with deaf and hard of hearing students for 4 more years before applying for a teaching position. Her teaching history includes 6th grade in elementary and middle school math, 5th grade, and 4th grade. She loves working and learning with children of all ages, but she is most inspired in elementary teaching. Many people ask why she loves teaching, why does she keep coming back to her classroom day after day, year after year. In response, "I love teaching because life is about learning. We learn together, not only academics, but about relationships, communication, and life in general when we are united in a positive classroom culture."