Author: Jenna Jeffrey
Published: Thursday, 20 May 2021
Junior Achievement and MEMIC recognize educators as role models and mentors who help empower, motivate, and prepare students to envision their future and ignite a passion for continuous learning. The "Extraordinary Educators" campaign will take a closer look at Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.
Take a look at our Q&A with Tim Smith of Thomas McMahon School!
What made you want to become a teacher?
I chose to become a teacher because of my third grade teacher Mr. Bazinet. He made learning fun and he believed in me. I want my students to feel the way that I did when I was in his classroom.
Do you have a favorite memory as a teacher?
My favorite memories as a teacher are when former students make a point to come back to my classroom and visit. I still have many former students that do this yearly even when they are in their twenties. I love to see them have success and want to share it with me.
Why do you choose to bring JA to your students?
I am a firm believer that students need to learn from more than their teachers and their parents. Having JA in my classroom brings a lot of energy and a lot of fun. The programs are very beneficial to the students and are a great support to what we have in our school curriculum.
Do you have a favorite JA moment in your classroom?
It was always exciting when doughnuts were brought into the classroom with the community unit when I taught grade 3. Another favorite moment is when the JA volunteer had to sing and dance for the students for being a few minutes late. The students always wanted to lock the door just to see this happen. When it did actually happen, everyone had a blast watching the performance!
What do you hope your students take away from their time with you?
I want my students to know that learning can be fun while also being beneficial.
Thank you Tim for all you do for Maine students!
Follow the Extraordinary Educators campaign on JA's social media platforms as we highlight Maine educators, their stories, their commitment to serving Maine’s youth, and the impact they have on their students.