Linda Lee Smith
Adjunct Professor ~ School of Education
Linda Smith has been a public school teacher since 1984 and has been the Elementary Science Resource Specialist for the Paulsboro, NJ Public School District for 16 years until she retired in 2013. She saw about 800 students bi-weekly for science enrichment, splitting her time between the Billingsport Early Childhood Center, which includes students from Pre-K through 2nd grade, and the Loudenslager Elementary School where students range from 3rd through 6th grade.
Linda holds a BA in Elementary Education from Glassboro State College along with a COGS (Certificate of Graduate Studies) in Integrated Science Education from Rowan University. In 2012 she received her Masters of Integrated Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mrs., Smith serves the Science Education Community as Trustee, Past President and current Newsletter Editor for the New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA) and District 2 Chair of the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching (APAST). She has also served on the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Preschool/Elementary Committee as well as serving as a member of the board of directors and reviewer for Science and Children Magazine.
In 2000 Linda was named Teacher of the Year for the Billingsport School, Paulsboro School District and Gloucester County. She was one of five finalists for New Jersey Teacher of the Year, where she came in second. She was also awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching that year, visited the White House and met President Clinton.
In 2004 NASA's Education Public Outreach (EPO) program hired Linda as an Astrophysics Educator Ambassador. She has traveled around the country presenting workshops on high-energy physics programs such as GALEX and Fermi (both space telescopes) Her passion is presenting this material in a way that elementary school students can understand. Linda has presented workshops on Science Pedagogy at every National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference since 1999. She also presents at NSTA Regional Conferences as well as at the New Jersey Education Association Convention (NJEA) and NJSTA State Conferences.
Linda has received many awards for her work with science education. Among them are:
· PAEMST (Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching National Award 2000
· PAEMST (Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching) State Finalist Award 1999
· One of 5 finalists for NJ Teacher of the Year 2000
· Gloucester County, NJ Teacher of the Year 2000
· Paulsboro Public Schools District Teacher of the Year Award 2000
· Paulsboro Public Schools District Teacher of the Year Award 2004
· Billingsport Elementary School Teacher of the Year Award 2000
· NASA NEWMAST Honors Teachers Award 1995
· NJSTA Fellow Award 2010
· NJ BISEC (Business Industry Science Engineering Consortium) Exemplary Service Award 1999
· DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) Outstanding Facilitator Award 1999
· CES-NJ (Council of Elementary Science) Audrey Brainard Make a Difference Award 2003
Currently Linda is a site director for the Penn Teacher in Residency program where she works with student teachers in a yearlong residency of teaching. She is also a selector for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program where she interviews candidates for scholarships.
In addition Mrs. Smith works for Carolina Biological training teachers in their science curriculums, serves on the Critical Review Team for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and of course, still works as an Astrophysics Educator Ambassador for NASA. Her newest adventure is teaching this methods course for Temple University and running STEM Afterschool programs for Paulsboro, Glassboro and Harrison school districts.