Welcome to Character First Education

Hello, my name is Virginia Smith and I am a teacher. For 20 years I have been involved in education: I have been a short-term substitute, long-term substitute, and a full-time teacher in all levels from pre-school through university. I have taught in rural Oklahoma, inner-city Charlotte, North Carolina, and a suburb of Dallas, Texas. I love teaching; there is no job on this planet that compares. I truly believe it is the best job in the world! 

That doesn’t mean it is easy. In fact, in my opinion, it is one of the most challenging occupations anyone could aspire to. In order to do the best job as teachers, and actually in order to survive, we must stick together. Working and collaborating together will help all of us do the best we can for our students. 

Collaboration—that is the reason for this blog. I want you to be the best you can be. I want you to look forward to Monday mornings from August through the end of May (or for those of you on the East Coast, the beginning of June). I want you to love the job and your students who you dedicate your life to serving.

Over the course of this journey, we will look at many challenges teachers face, the direction education is headed, practical advice for daily survival in the classroom, and how to maximize your success and the success of your students. I look forward to taking this journey together!

About the author: Dr. Virginia Smith, EdD, holds a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University. As a Kamm Distinguished Fellow in research, academics, and leadership, Dr. Smith has presented at various conferences on research protocol including the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry where she was featured twice regarding various methods to quantify qualitative data. Additional presentations by Dr. Smith include topics on immigrant assimilation in the school environment, and others regarding social acceptance and integration.

In 2012, Dr. Smith became editor of Character First the Magazine and serves as director of Character First Education. She is currently writing a research-based curriculum for bully prevention that addresses the character and competence needed to create a culture of safety and respect.

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