Patricia Smith is in her 26th year of education, spending the past nine in the Clover School District at Bethel Elementary in fifth grade mathematics. As Clover School District’s Teacher of the Year, Patricia led the forum in community service and locally published a book for new teachers. At local and state levels, she has spoken on setting the stage for numeracy, embracing student thinking in the math classroom, and video self-reflection in professional learning. Patricia served as a member on the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee’s Mathematics Standards Review Panel and currently serves on South Carolina’s Council for Teaching Mathematics nomination committee. She earned a B.S. in education from Iowa State University and an M.A. in education from the University of Phoenix. She is certified in elementary and middle level mathematics.